Innkeeper

Great Actors Live Their Part Even At A Young Age

Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, went to Edmonton this Holiday Season to see his grandson in a concert. He came home convinced that his grandson is already on his way to an Academy Award at age eight.

Ed and Ruby helped their grandson learn his lines before his play. Ed primarily coached him to say his lines with great intensity. Over and over they practiced lines so that Harry their grandson was polished in speaking his part as the innkeeper. Ed emphasized that Harry must believe he was the actual innkeeper while playing his part and think and speak as an innkeeper might.

At the concert, Harry was ready for Joseph when he knocked on the cardboard inn door. Harry opened the door and loudly growled for all to hear, “What do you want?”

“We seek lodging,” Joseph replied with far less volume.

“Seek it elsewhere,” Harry replied loudly and firmly, and added, “There is no room in the inn.”

“Please, good innkeeper,” Joseph pleaded, “This is my wife, Mary. She is with child and is very tired. She needs a place to rest.”

Harry was to say to Joseph in his loud, firm voice, “No, be gone!” But believing himself to be the real innkeeper Harry looked at Joseph and Mary and decided he did not want to say his memorized line.  Because of Harry’s hesitation to reply to Joseph, Mary and Joseph turned and started away from the door of the inn. That’s when Harry called out loudly, “Don’t go! You can have my room.”

Ed admits that his grandson needed to stick to the script, but his grandson was so absorbed in being the innkeeper that he said what was in his heart in the situation he faced on stage. Ed is confident that Harry is already a master of method acting and that he has the natural talent to be a gifted actor. I did not disagree with Ed as grandparents should stick together.

It is very hard to know what our children or grandchildren will become as adults when they are eight years old. In the Bible, the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary in a town called Nazareth in Galilee. The angel told Mary that she was highly favored and that the Lord was with her. Mary was troubled and frightened by the angel.

The angel told Mary, “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

Mary asked the angel how this could happen since she was a virgin. The angel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the Holy One to be born will be called, the Son of God. For nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary found that nothing was impossible with God for she did conceive and give birth to a son. As an adult, he became the great Savior of sinners forever.

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Raymond Maher
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