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The night of the Christmas Skit had arrived and the church was packed with an angry mob, ready for a lynching of the Pastor. The anger had been sparked by the skit announcement in the church bulletin.
“Jesus was born to paperclip a snowflake to his shoe,” the bulletin had said. “Come to the Christmas play if you want to learn how this can be.”
Now Pastor Orring needed to make good his claim or pay the consequences.
To the surprise and confusion of all, the skit began and ended as an extremely traditional nativity scene. No paperclip. No shoe. Definitely no snowflake.
Pastor Orring stepped onto the stage holding a small box in front of him. He pulled out an old shoe with a paperclip attached. “This is the result of my attempts to paperclip a snowflake to a shoe.” He shook his head. “The snowflake isn’t here. It always melted before I could fasten it to the shoe. I failed.”
The crowd didn’t understand.
“It is impossible” the pastor explained, “for a human being to live a life perfect enough to please God. Jesus was born to do the impossible. He could have paperclipped a snowflake to a shoe if God had asked. His calling, though, was to do something far more difficult. He was asked to attach all humanity to his righteousness so sinful man could be saved. Sinful man… you, me and the rest of the world.”
There would be no lynching of the pastor tonight.
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WOW...had to read this one. The title drew me in. Well done.
This is just so right down my alley. Creative and clever, combing humor with a deeper message.
Beautiful story, wonderful lesson. What a great thought (paperclipping a snowflake to a shoe!). Very nice work on this!
Well, with a title like that I had to find out what THIS was about. Funny opening paragraph. You packed a lot into 250 words. "His calling...to do something far more difficult..." - great tie between the humor and the message.
A wonderful lesson using all three elements! Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a great 2008!
Okay - the title definitely drew me in -very successful cut from your original 600 to 250. Good message...and an entertaining way to get there. I enjoyed this.