16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
- Luke 2 16-20
Emil, your boyfriend, watched as you handed out shepard's crooks to the little boys and girls. "Now don't hit anyone with it, ok?"
"Yes Miss _________," they all said.
"Good, now get ready to get on stage." You turned your attention to Emil, "Emil, why aren't you in your costume?"
"I don't want to play Joseph anymore," he said in a monotone.
You groaned, "Why not?"
Emil peeked through the curtain, "They…are here."
"Who's they?" you asked peeking with him. Then you saw all four of them up front. Mathais was being loud and obnoxious as usual while it looked like Lukas was trying not to lose his temper. And Tino seemed to be chatting nervously with Berwald who, as always, looked like a statue. "Emil, it will be fine." You tried to reassure them."
"Please do it for the children?"
"…ahh…umm…" he seemed to have a hard time with his, "ahhh…no."
You sighed, "Do it for Jesus? This is a play honoring him and his birth, this isn't for people as much as it is showing just how much we love and appreciate what he did for us. Please Emil?"
Your speech really made him feel guilty, "Fine."
"Good, just hold my hand and ignore them, and remember," you gave him a kiss on the nose, "smile." You handed him his costume and he grumbled, but put it on.
The two of you walked on just as your song started,
"The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!"
Emil didn't look at Mathias when he shouted his name and made rude jeers at him. He didn't pay attention to Lukas and Berwald's intense stares. He didn't even show that he heard Tino trying to be heard over the crowd at the end.
He thought about the little baby born in Bethlehem, what that child grew up to do, and what that meant to him.