As I took in the show again last night and reflected on it this morning, I felt an undergirding theme of tension. The device for a playwright would be tension and resolution… but I’m not so sure there was as clear a resolution as we’d like to believe for Mary and Joseph… hear me out on this… Yes, the long-awaited Messiah had just been born, and yet in a lot of ways his birth ushered in a new age of waiting. As we now await the second advent of God, we cooperate and participate in its coming, totally dependent yet with a very active and crucial role to play.
My bullet-point synopsis…
- How we deal with the injustice that is, versus the justice we desire to come.
- Between “angry” Mary who pushes for justice and “unhappy” Joesph who just wants to make the best of it.
- God who seems aloof but who has joined us in our suffering… an almighty God who seems to depend a whole lot on us.
- The only resolution offered to Mary and Joseph is the repeated call, “Don’t be afraid,” as they wait to see what God will do… and when… and how…
- As Mary and Joseph work through the tension toward a resolution, now “loving” Mary and “happy” Joseph learn to trust God and each other within the crazy circumstances thrust upon them.
- God moves in secret, working in mysterious cooperation with us in our chaos and confusion, to bring about a deliverance of love and mercy.
This show is entertaining and makes for good musical theatre, but when approached with an open, searching heart, I think there are so many things one can hear as they meditate with God about it. Head out there and see this show, even if it means a road trip. Its unique exploration of the Christmas story is valuable. Find ticket deals and more info on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.