A long time ago, in a place
far away, a little town called Nazareth. We see a young girl standing at a
basin doing dishes. She has a towel (a hand-woven looking one, with colored
stripes would be nice!) and is finishing off drying a clay pitcher. She is
obviously "great with child"!
Her name is Mary.
[Mary speaks throughout]
Oh... what a mess!
What a wonderful,
unbelievable mess! Oh... no – not this old pitcher...[she holds up the pitcher] This cleaned up real good! I mean what's
happening to me!
[she pauses in thought, looking
back on the recent events]
First there was an angel!
Have you ever had an angel
come visit you in the middle of the night?!
There he was, standing there
next to my bed, in a light so bright I could barely open my eyes! I was scared
But then I heard this strong,
kind voice say, "Don't be afraid, Mary." And when I heard him say my name for
some reason I wasn't afraid anymore.
And then he said, "Greetings,
favored one, the Lord is with you!"
And I thought [she looks
behind her as if the angel is talking to someone else] Are you talking to me???
But then he said, "You are
going to have a baby!"
And that's the mess!!!
Joseph and I aren't even
married yet! All my life I have dreamed of my wedding day. All the feasting,
all the celebrating! My family and friends all so happy for me! It was supposed
to be the biggest day of my life... no, the biggest week of my life! That's how long our wedding celebrations
And now this. [she puts her hand
on her stomach]
This changes everything!
I am going to have a baby.
[she says matter-of-factly]
I am going to have a baby!!!
[she says excitedly]
I am going to have a baby!!!!
[in a panic!]
You know, I could be stoned
That's what happens to a girl
who has a baby before she is married!
And Joseph! He was so upset
when I told him an angel told me I
was going to have a baby!
But I told him what Gabriel
said – that's what the angel said his name was, Gabriel – I told
him what he said,
"The Holy Spirit will come to
you, and you will have a baby. You will name him Jesus.
He will be great, the Son of
the Most High. He will sit on the throne of David, and he will be King forever
The Son of the Most High!
This little baby growing
inside of me – is GOD? The One who made everything there is?!
The One who made ME?!
Right here, inside of me????
[she feels her belly again,
looking down in absolute wonder]
I don't understand it!
Oh! I just felt him kick!
[laughs] – what a kick he has!
[sighs] It is all so hard to
I think Gabriel could see I
was having trouble believing it all. He said to me, "Your cousin Elizabeth is
going to have a baby too!"
Elizabeth??!! My cousin??? Is
going to have a baby?? She is old!!!
Gabriel must have known I was
thinking that too, because he said, "God's promises never fail!"
I didn't know what to say.
And so I said, "I am the Lord's servant. I will do whatever he asks me to do."
And then, just like that, he
[she pauses to think, finishes
drying the pitcher]
And there I was, alone in my
I didn't know what to think!
What would you think?
I must have been dreaming or
And Joseph! Poor sweet
He thought I was crazy!
Can you blame him??!!
You probably think I am crazy!
I know! It sounds crazy! I
could barely believe it myself – and I was there!
But Joseph... he was so upset.
But he is a good man. He is a kind, wonderful man! He knew how bad it can be
for a girl who has a baby before she is married. So he was going to quietly
call off the wedding and hide me away.
But then guess what
The angel Gabriel came to him
He said, "Joseph, son of
David! Do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife! The baby she is going to
have is from God!"
And Gabriel told him to name
the baby Jesus – Yeshua – it means "God Saves," because he will
save us from our sins!
And then Joseph remembered
what the prophets from long ago had written, "A young girl will have a son, and
he will be called Emmanuel, God with us."
God... with us!!!
[sighs a wistful sigh] Can it
all be true?
Well, as soon as I could I
went to see my cousin Elizabeth.
And guess what?!
She was pregnant! Just like Gabriel said! Right then I knew
we weren't dreaming, and everything Gabriel told Joseph and me was true!
Elizabeth told me she felt
her baby jump when she saw me! And then I guess she was filled with the Spirit,
and she said,
"You are blessed above all
and so will your baby be
How can it be that the mother
of my God should come to visit me?
But when my ears heard the
sound of your voice,
the baby inside me jumped for
How blessed you will be
because you have believed
And then the Spirit must have
filled me too, because these words came pouring out,
"My soul will tell how great
And my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior!
He has looked on me,
His lowly servant, with favor.
From now on,
all people will call me
For Almighty God
has done great things for me!
His name is Holy!
And He will show great mercy
to everyone who believes in
From generation to
[she pauses again to dry some
more and consider the wonder of God's blessings!]
Well, I stayed with Elizabeth
until she had her baby. Everyone was so happy for her. I guess everyone knew
what a miracle it was!
Oh, this is a funny story!
When it came time for the
ceremony to name the baby, we all thought he would be named Zechariah, like his
daddy. But Elizabeth surprised everyone and said, "No! His name is JOHN!"
No one in your family is
So we all turned and looked
at Zechariah. [pantomimes turning to stare at Zach]
And this is the funny part
– Zechariah couldn't talk! Ever since the day he came home from the
temple nine months ago he couldn't say a word. So he asked for something to
write on, and he wrote – in giant letters –
'HIS NAME IS JOHN'
Everyone was totally
surprised! We were even more surprised when all of a sudden he could talk
Finally he could tell the
story of what happened to him that day in the temple.
Turns out, the angel Gabriel
came to see him too. He is one busy angel!
Zechariah was serving in the
temple like he always did, and the angel Gabriel came and told him God had
answered his prayers, and Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
"My Elizabeth??? Is going to have a baby?!" he said.
He didn't believe it either!
So Gabriel said, "I am
Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty God! I have been sent to
bring you good news! But because you don't believe me, you won't be able to
speak until you see it come true!"
And that's just what
Truly it was a miracle!
[she pauses again, thinking]
But Zechariah said Gabriel
told him something more.
He told him his son would
have the spirit of the prophet Elijah.
He told him his son is being
sent to prepare the way for God to bring His children back to Him. He is being
sent to prepare the way for One who is even greater...
[Mary feels her belly again]
...for the baby growing inside
It is all too strange
wonderful for me.
I don't know what it all
God has changed everything - Jesus changes everything!
[thoughtfully] My plans for a
wonderful wedding – God has changed all of that.
I guess our plans aren't
always God's plans! But I know this – God's plans are always even more
wonderful than we can imagine - even though it doesn't always seem like it!
Well, Joseph will be here
soon. We have a long journey to make! Caesar Augustus has sent out a decree
that all the world should be counted. So we have to leave our home here in
Nazareth and go to the little town of Bethlehem, where Joseph's family is from.
Did I tell you that?
Joseph is from Bethlehem, the
City of David. Joseph is from the family of King David! Our family is a family
[knock on the door]
That must be Joseph! Well -
unless it is an angel again... except angels don't usually knock! [she laughs].
Time for me to go!
[she goes to set pitcher down,
but has a thought and stops, studying it]
You know... maybe in a way, I
am like this pitcher. It's just an ordinary pitcher. But if we choose to use it
for Passover, and fill it with the Passover wine – then it becomes
special. It becomes holy. Not because it is special, but because we have chosen
it for something special - and filled it with something special.
Maybe I am like that. God has
chosen me for something special too!
[thinking....] Hmmmm... I wonder
what wonderful things God is going to do next?
[Mary sets the jar down,
picks up her cloak and begins to exit]
I have to go – we are