Luke 2:11 (New International Version)
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Last night we took the time to go to Sea World to take in some of the Christmas shows. Wow, I was speechless with a lump in my throat I was so moved as we watched O Wondrous Night - The Greatest Story Never Told. It was awesome. I have a great deal of respect for a business that doesn't hesitate to share the true meaning of CHRISTmas.
O Wondrous Night – The Greatest Story Never Told is a living nativity show tells the Christmas Story, with more than 30 carols and told through the eyes of the animals that were there.
First up are 14 white-robed singers who prove to be top multitaskers. They sing, dance, operate puppets, move scenery, represent angels and literally act as shepherds in the finale. I even found their footwear to be interesting: all manner of white shoes from cowboy boots to ballet slippers to sneakers. And one guy wore a white baseball cap backward. Perhaps the lesson is that there's diversity of accessories when we get to heaven.
The chief storytellers are puppets — a smart-aleck donkey, a dove and a sheep. They brag about their own roles in the Christmas story. As we read the New Testament versions of the story of Jesus' birth we don’t see that animals have key roles. But remember, this is a story "never" told.
"O Wondrous Night" is, without doubt, a religious presentation. It's like an ambitious Christmas pageant for a mega church. It isn't thoroughly solemn. The script makes reference to "Charlie's Angels," the donkey uses the oh-so-2001 phrase "epic fail," and the innkeeper suggests that Mary and Joseph try "the Best Middle Eastern" hotel.
O Wondrous Night was one of the very best Christmas shows I have ever seen. Thank you Sea World for telling the story of Christmas in a beautiful and wonderful way. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Dear Lord we thank You for sending Your Son to Earth. We thank You for the creativity You have given us and the ability to share Your great gift through many different means. In Jesus’ name, Amen.