ADVENTure Blog Day 4 Christmas Wagons

Lisa Whelchel says in her book The ADVENTure of Christmas that the word pageant comes from the Middle English word pagonds, which means “wagons”.  She goes on to say “Medieval dramas were often performed, primarily at Christmas and Easter, on floating stages…The roving stages would progress through town in a carefully timed procession…Sometimes as long as 18 hours…Why go to all this trouble? To reach people where they lived and teach them in their own language. This was the fifteenth century, when most people couldn’t read and the church services were all in Latin. These Christmas miracle plays dramatized Jesus’ first day on earth.  In so doing, they followed the instruction He gave on His last day: Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.”

She goes on to analogize our lives to pageants by saying, “As we travel during these busy holidays–from state to state, store to store, house to house, even room to room–each of us is a movable stage, displaying His life and carrying with us the fragrance of His presence.”  II Corinthians 2:14 “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”

So when you’re driving, shopping, serving, living…show a little more grace this Advent season. Wish people a Merry Christmas, help someone in a store, let a driver in your lane, take some baked goods to a lonely neighbor…for through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.

Attend a Christmas play or pageant in your community or encourage your children to put on their own pageant with some sheets and robes, a doll for baby Jesus, a candy cane for the shepherd, and the dog or cat for the sheep. Invite grandparents, neighbors and friends for an evening of fun!

If you’re looking for a special Christmas gathering for you and your children, you’re invited to attend Christmas at The Met where there will be something very special for the kiddos at the Christmas Eve 5:30p Cypress campus service.


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