Monday, December 07, 2009
Every year, the Royal Ranger (Christian boy and girl scout) troop in town puts on their "Waldweihnacht" presentation. I went for the first time this year. It was cold, rainy and the path through the woods and along the little fishing lake to the Ranger cabin was dark, and full of puddles and mud. But it was so beautiful and sweet how the kids and their Ranger leaders told the Christmas story on the way, acting out the parts of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the three wise men, the angels and the innkeeper. Some of the Rangers carried torches to light the way. Everyone had been working hard all afternoon to prepare the venue, get their costumes together and to fix mountains of food.
Teenage Mary rode on a live horse, guided by her "husband." As we followed, we were greeted by the other players who told us their part of the story. There was a big bonfire when we got to the cabin. But there was no room for Jesus and his parents there, as the innkeeper shouted from the upper story window. Instead, we made our way around to the back of the cabin, where a tent "stall" welcomed the little family, and a narrator read us the rest of the story from Luke.
Afterwards, grilled sausages, gingerbread, and hot fruit punch were served to all us pilgrims. There was a nice little crowd of about 80 people there. For some, participating is an annual tradition.
The picture shows one of my little piano students, Gina, hanging from a tree as the "Fear Not" angel. If you look closely, you can see her rubber rain boots and jeans under her golden finery. That seems so fitting - the beauty of one of God's heavenly beings contrasted with the humblest of conditions that Jesus met when he arrived on earth to carry out his mission of saving the world. Jesus had to get his feet dirty, too, when he came. In fact, he continues to do so often, as he slogs through the mud of our trials with us, even carrying us through the roughest patches of the trail. Thank you, Lord!
Today, I had a nice surprise when I logged on to SP - I was awarded Community Team Leader of the month! Perfect timing because I had been kicking myself around for sampling too many sweets these past few days and (maybe) blowing my weight loss of last week. The award was both an encouragement and reality check. I know how to do this and I can do it better than I did over the weekend! Getting back on track today.