The families were assembled and the crowd began to hush,
To enjoy a Christmas pageant, amid the Christmas rush.
The narrator started reading from Luke chapter two verse one.
The anticipation ended, for the play had now begun.
Joseph and Mary entered, with a doll pressed to Mary’s chest.
The doll substituted for Jesus, while the children played the rest.
A trumpet blared, a song was sung, then the animals took the stage:
A cow, a donkey, and a dove (children 4 to 6 in age).
The shepherds entered the scene and the wisemen regally done;
But one child forgot his gifts, so the little Magi had none.
The little wiseman turned to go, for he thought there was a chance
He could use the present he just received before the play commenced.
But there wasn’t time; he had to go, so he entered from stage right
With no gift for baby Jesus, on that Christmas pageant night.
The play concluded, the parents clapped, so proud of each little one.
It had been such a lovely pageant, amidst all the Christmas fun.
But the little wiseman wondered what Jesus might think of him,
Since he gave no gift to the baby doll below the manger’s brim.
I might just know what Jesus thought, in that Christmas pageant bliss,
If Jesus spoke to that little child, it may have sounded like this:
“I love you my little wiseman, I know that you wanted to give;
But the greatest gift to Me is you, when through faith in me you live.”
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