A Village Christmas

As a little girl, I looked forward to Easter. On Good Friday, mum and I would skip having the usual mass at our local church and instead travel to Nkubu approximately 13 KM away, to Nkubu Catholic church grounds where they showed a play on Jesus betrayal and crucifixion. If I was narrating this to my kids I would spice up the story by telling them that we went on foot. Hehe. We didn’t. But this journey usually took us two hours due to the bad (that’s an understatement) state of the roads where I grew up.

I looked forward to going to watch the plays every year. They showed them in a huge field and us, the audience, stood or sat around it, like we were watching a football match.

It always seemed so real to me. I would marvel at how much God let His boy go through. ( I mean how safe were we, mere mortals, if God would let His own child go through THAT?!) the cruelty of “Jesus’” haters’. It always crashed my poor little heart and moved me to tears, seeing “Jesus” being flogged. Mama always explained that it was for our own good.

What love! I felt indebted.

Fast forward two decades later and this time, I am in hubby’s company, watching, not an Easter play this time but a Christmas play – one of Kijiji Entertainment’s annual plays cum musicals, A Village Christmas – the 2011 theme being the love story between Mary and Joseph.

Now, lot has changed. A lot has changed since I last watched a Christian play…

A scene from A Village Christmas : The love story

A Village Christmas : The Love story

Picture this. You are a lady almost 20, living with her parents and engaged to be married. You are over the moon about it and ofcourse your ‘girlfriends’ are jealous so happy for you. They don’t get it , why you are getting married so young anyway, but as for you, you have no doubt that your fiance’ is the man you would like to spend the rest of your life with. Besides, your parents like him too.

You get home one evening feeling a little tired and kick off your heels that have been killing you. Nobody is home. You pace around the living room considering what to do with the rest of the evening. You know, have a quiet one at home perhaps or maybe call the girls and hook up..when, all of a sudden a man appears from no where. He is dressed in a black suit and a matching shirt and tie. You are certain that you locked the door when you came in and you didn’t hear anyone knock. But there is a man standing right there in front of you. You don’t believe your eyes. Really you don’t. If you did, you would scream.

Shocked, you muster enough courage not to run away..

“Who are you?!” You demand, reaching out for a knife your mobile phone.

“My name is Gabriel”, he says handing you his business card.

Angel Gabriel , reads the business card. :)

Now you are confused.

“Wait…er…Gabriel….I mean angel…..Aren’t you supposed to have wings or something?”

He chuckles. And speaks at last. But not before pausing to activate an app on his sleek iPad2 , from which he reads….

“…You have found favour with God…! ……You are going to bear a son…..!”

Something comes over you. It’s like a spirit takes over you. You don’t know why you are even wasting time answering this strange man. It’s like you are dreaming…

“Are you out of your mind?! Er…a son?! But…but I haven’t ….. er…i mean….I haven’t…..known a man.”

“What do you mean you don’t know any man? (Looking at his iPad) It says here that you have a father, brothers, cousins…

Hehehe.

Take Two : You are a simple chap, who is in love with this sweet and unbelievably innocent girl. You smile when you think about her and you can’t wait to marry her. You have agreed to chill till you get married, (something your buddies often tease you about). See, she is special. She is the girl of your dreams.

And the icing on the cake is that she loves you back.

You usually pay her a visit on your way to Bible study on Saturday afternoons. This particular Saturday when you pass by her house she seems even more excited than usual to see you. She is besides herself and she can’t even sit down or speak coherently. She’s got some great news, she says, and you can’t wait to hear it! You think she has been invited for an interview for that job she was applying for last month or that she finally found the wedding dress of her dreams.

That is before she drops the bombshell that she is the family way and that the Holy spirit is responsible! In fact, it was an angel who broke the news to her!

What on earth?!

What does she take you for? A freaking fool?! Tempers flare. A confrontation ensues.You can’t stand being in the same room with her right now. You do what any man worth his salt would do. You refrain from calling her names and storm out of her house and out of her life…….until THE angel visits YOU one night….

In the end, love wins. Love always wins.

Happily ever after | "Joseph" and "Mary"

A lot has changed since those Easter plays I watched as a kid, but one thing remains  : the feeling.

Sitting at Mavuno church, on the eve of Christmas eve, watching this beautiful and particularly well delivered love story between Mary and Joseph , I felt the love and appreciated that this indeed, is the greatest love story ever told.

If you are reading this, have a LOVE – filled year ahead. Happy new year, people!

 

12 comments for “A Village Christmas

  1. January 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Happy New year to you too, Mrs.Mwiti. Those memories we all have of our childhood are treasures. I remember the excitement at christmas time in the village where I grew up. All of kids were at our best behaviour in anticipation of Jesus’ birth. Nice of you to bring back the memories.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      The memories live on indeed! Thanks girl. Wish you blessings in the new year.

  2. Kiende
    January 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This makes me feel nostagia, those days of christmas and easther were really special. And it always humbles me to see how the savior of the world was born in such a humble way. Kudos dear for writing inspiring articles. Keep on and you will go very far.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Happy new year. Thank you so much mwarocia.

  3. January 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Awesome as ever. Now, an angel with an IPAD!!!?? I guess the devil has also ditched the spade and shovel for a bulldozer. And what doesn’t change is the love. Awesome

    • January 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Hehe Zackerbag I like …..” I guess the devil has also ditched the spade and shovel for a bulldozer. And what doesn’t change is the love”

  4. January 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Now I feel bummed out for missing that play! 

    Growing up, I used to look forward to Christmas and Easter season too for the simple reason that my church then used to show the story of Jesus on get this…BIG screen and at night! Oh the joy! Mother would send us off to church armed with mandazis and juice to munch on as we watched the ‘movie’.
    It doesn’t matter that these same movies would be screened year in year out; we still looked forward to them. *sigh*

    Have a great year Ma’am. :-) 

    • January 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      lol. I can picture it. Must have been loads of fun. 😀 Thank you and have a great year ahead too.

  5. January 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Those folks at Kijiji are at another level of creativity and twice a year (minimum) they outdo themselves. That said, the young girl and young man situation as you’ve described above cannot be understood with the most intelligent human thinking. God uses these extraordinary situations to demonstrate his extraordinary love!

    HNY Christine! 

    • January 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Well said! Happy new year to you! :-)

  6. January 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Love the new clean look. Please download the happy new year app.

    • January 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you! Care to share the link please?

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