“Do you think you could help coordinate the Christmas program this year Janet? There are costumes in the storage room as well as some props. If you need anything, just let me know. I think the children will like working with you and don’t worry the kids are all old pros. They have been in every Christmas production since they were babies portraying the baby Jesus.”
“Sure, I’d love to.” Janet sighed as she gathered left over Sunday school materials she had previously deposited on the pew beside her before the services began. She wondered how she was going to pull off an entire Christmas program. She shuddered to think about the amount of work it would require.
“Hi Janet, do you have any ideas for the program yet?”
“Well not yet, but perhaps something will come to me.” Janet was overwhelmed! How could she ever come up with a program and coordinate it to boot? She got into her car feeling the weight of the world. Maybe she should just find another church. She really liked this one and was growing spiritually. Besides she enjoyed teaching her Sunday school class.
AND ALL THINGS, WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN PRAYER BELIEVING, YE SHALL RECEIVE.
Janet pulled into her drive way feeling ashamed. She had not taken any petition to the Lord. How could she think of doing it on her own? She would spend some time in prayer and perhaps the Lord will bless her with all she needed.
CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM; FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU.
Janet stretched as she got up from praying. She was excited about an idea for the program and wanted to do some typing while it was still fresh on her mind. After some time she looked at the clock, 2:30 a.m. She could not believe she had been working so long but the script was perfect; of course she would allow the pastor to make suggestions.
She could not wait until the first play practice with the children. Each one complained about the assigned parts. How was she supposed to know that Timmy had only played a shepherd and Amy was always Mary? She was shocked that the costumes were all too small and the props fell completely apart. She thought surely the Lord would not provide a script without providing the rest. She would pray and allow the Lord to supply the needs.
Over the next few weeks Janet found aluminum cans on her daily walk which she sold to buy fabric. She sewed costumes in the evenings. She was thankful for all the time she had spent with her mother and grandmother while they sewed. She did not know how much she had learned from them until she began this project. Afterwards, she even had a little can money left over to buy some old picnic furniture at a garage sale for props. She was truly amazed how the Lord provided every need, not to mention positive attitudes from the “professional shepherds, wise men, and angels.” The program was a blessing to everyone including Janet who reflected on God’s goodness and provision of every detail, including remembering begrudged sewing lessons. Through something as small as a Christmas program, she learned to trust Him more. He is certainly God in the big things as well as the small.
The script used for the program is entitled “Searching for Gloria.”
Matthew 21:22 KJV
1 Peter 5:7 KJV
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