This was originally written as a school play. It never made the cut so I turned it into a short story.
“Oh, Mary, my dear wife,” said Joseph the Carpenter, “we shall rest here in this manger for there is no tavern open for us.”
“It shall be alright,” Mary replied,” My worried Joseph, will be alright.”
“I pray that it shall,” Joseph responded as he helped her down from the donkey and in the hay.
“It is time,” Mary said as her breathing became labored.
Joseph watched and helped as best he could while Mary gave birth to the baby named Jesus.
Overhead a star shined brightly. It was brighter than any star ever seen. Then angels appeared. They whispered among themselves so as not to wake the newborn babe.
Soon shepherds arrived at the stables entrance, walking on broken sandals. They said in unison, “We have heard of a King being born here.”
Joseph just nodded his head and Mary warmly smiled as the three ragged shepherds walked up to the manger to gaze upon the sleeping baby Jesus. They smiled, then kneeled down and began to pray.
Just as that happened, three Kings appeared at the stable’s entrance, asking about the baby. They asked in unison, “Is the child-King born upon this blessed morn?”
Again Joseph nodded and Mary smiled as they walked up and looked into the manger at the baby.
The first King said, “I have frankincense to offer.” He handed it to Mary for the baby and kneeled to pray.
The second King said, “I give myrrh to him.” He gave it to Mary for Jesus. He kneeled and began to pray.
The last King gave incense to the baby’s Mother and also started to pray. As the third King started to pray the Angels started to sing “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Without warning all the stage lights came on and the Director shouted, “Alright folks lets call it a night! Don’t forget tomorrow night is opening night!”
Soon everyone was gone. Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the Kings. The little Baby Jesus and all the host of Angels in heaven were gone. The stage was in total silence. The props were put away except for the star. It still shined brightly.
Someone had forgotten to turn it off…or was it something else?