Christmas through Mary’s Eyes

I have started a series of dramatic readings for Christmas intended to be acted/dramatically read to children.  We are using them during Advent for our God'z Kidz Wednesday night group (Godly Play).  I thought having a dress-up box for the kids to play with fits right in with the Godly Play philosophy.  So, that's what we're doing!  I am also writing a little story book for the kids to take home and read the story in a more traditional manner.  If you use these stories, please understand that they are my creative work and I'd like to be credited.

Here is Mary's story from Mary:

Oh my goodness!  Have I got a story to tell you today.  I suppose it happened towards the end of August, or maybe it was the beginning of September…anyway, it doesn't really matter.  It was in the Jewish month of Elul—the sixth month of the year.

I was just working at home, putting the dishes away.  You know, chores never end!  I was really excited because I had gotten engaged to Joseph.  I love him so much.  It was really the answer to a dream that he would ask me to marry him!  So, I was putting the dishes away, humming to myself, and suddenly this vision popped in front of me!  I was so surprised that I dropped a plate and broke it.  Have you ever done that?

The vision spoke to me and said, "Greetings, favored one!"  And then I realized that it was the angel Gabriel.  I don't know if you know what the name Gabriel means…it means "strength of God."  The angel Gabriel was a very important messenger from God.  I could not believe that he was there in front of me!  Me!  What was special about me that Gabriel would be there?

So, Gabriel turns to me and says, "Mary, God has a special job for you.  God wants you to have a baby and name him Jesus.  Now this baby will be from God, not from your husband-to-be, Joseph.  You should name the baby Jesus.  And Jesus is going to be a great leader and be called the Son of God."

Well, this was a surprise to me!  I'm a virgin!  There is no way I could have a baby.  But the Angel Gabriel said that I would have a baby, even before I was married.  I was really surprised about this.  Having a baby born from God is really awe inspiring.  But you know what I told Gabriel?  I said, "I am God's servant, whatever God needs, I will do."

After that, I went to visit my cousin Elizabeth.  I had heard that Elizabeth was pregnant and she is my good friend, so I went to see her.  When I got to her house, she ran out and gave me a big hug!  Then she put her hand on her tummy like pregnant ladies sometimes do and laughed.  It seems that when she heard me coming up the walk, her baby felt like it was leaping!   I think that it was a sure sign that Jesus and Elizabeth's baby, John the Baptist, were going to be great friends.

After my visit with Elizabeth, I was so inspired and felt so loved, that I broke out in song.  Some of the words are:

My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness, lord;
I sing my savior’s praise!
you looked upon my lowliness,
and I am full of grace.
now ev’ry land and ev’ry age
this blessing shall proclaim—
great wonders you have done for me,
and holy is your name.

I have to tell you, I love God and I am very happy that I am going to be the mother of Jesus.  I would do anything for God.

Hymn from:  “My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness,” ELW 251 © 1995 Augsburg Fortress.  

And now Mary's story in story format...

One day in the month of Elul, Mary was sitting at her home doing her dishes.  Suddenly, the Angel Gabriel popped up in front of her!  She was so surprised that she dropped a plate and broke it.

The Angel Gabriel turned to her and said, “Mary!  The Lord is with you.  Don’t be afraid.”

Well, Mary was a little flustered, but she relaxed and got ready to hear what Gabriel was going to say to her.  It wasn’t every day that an angel would visit!

Then, Gabriel turned to her and told her the most incredible thing.  He said, “Mary, you are going to have a baby.  Now, I know you’re not married, but this baby is going to be  God’s baby.  Don’t be afraid, God will take care of you.  And you know what else?  Your cousin Elizabeth is also going to have a baby.  And her baby will be born in just three months!”

Mary was a little startled at this!  It could be scary to have a baby and not be married.  What would her husband-to-be, Joseph think?  But Mary didn’t think about it very long at all.  She looked at the Angel Gabriel and said, “Whatever God wants, I will do.  I am the Lord’s servant.”

A little later, Mary decided she was going to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  When she got to Elizabeth’s house, she called out to her, “Elizabeth, I’m here!”

Now, Elizabeth was also pregnant.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice, the baby she was going to have leaped inside of her and made her laugh.  Then Elizabeth ran out to Mary and gave her a big hug.

Then Mary was so filled with joy and love, that she sang out a song that starts out  like this:

My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness, lord;
I sing my savior’s praise!
you looked upon my lowliness,
and i am full of grace.
now ev’ry land and ev’ry age
this blessing shall proclaim—
great wonders you have done for me,
and holy is your name.

To find out more about Mary and Elizabeth, you can read the Bible.  It is in Luke 1:26—56.

Hymn from:  “My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness,” ELW 251 © 1995 Augsburg Fortress.  

 (c) 2011, Terri Stewart

2 comments

  1. Brian Yu said on December 7, 2011
    Wow, incredible timing! I've been asked to preach a "Christmas" sermon next week and last night I decided to focus on Mary and her story. Your article has given me a couple of interesting ideas for the message. Thanks for your creativity!
    1. Terri said on December 7, 2011
      I'm glad you got some inspiration! Blessings on your upcoming message. Shalom, Terri

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