As I said in the previous post, I’ve lost Part I, and Part II is one of the most fun thingS I feel I have written, especially with the alternative Mary. However I also enjoyed Part III, so here it is.

BIRTH OF JESUS (PART III)
Narrator: Back in heaven, about 2000 years ago.

GABRIEL:Man, today is going to be one busy night.
MICHAEL: Tell me about it.
GABRIEL: Well today Jesus will be born, you have to herald the shepherds, the legions have to appear, we have to…
MICHAEL: I didn’t mean literally tell me about it.

GABRIEL: Okay, okay. So what’s up with you anyway?
MICHAEL: I’m scared Gabriel. I’m scared that I’ll mess up my first assignment in 400 years.
GABRIEL: Hey no problem. Even I was jittery at first, but it all works out. You just need to relax, take a whiff of heavenly air and (takes a deep breath) aaaah.
MICHAEL: (Skeptically, takes a deep breath… and sighs) It doesn’t work Gabriel. Let’s practice again.
GABRIEL: Again? We’ve already practiced it 6 times.
MICHAEL: Then the 7th time won’t matter. Come on, come on. So you be the Shepherd again. (to invisible others) Oye Angel Battallian 630, report to the deck for another practice. (sternly) And no complaining. (turns to Gabriel and then turns sharply) I heard that.
GABRIEL: Look, we have a busy night tonight. Don’t you think we should rest a bit.
MICHAEL:No, no. No rest. No rest. OK, places everyone. Ready?
GABRIEL:(crouched infront of the fire) Ready.
MICHAEL: (enters with flourish) Ta daaaa! (Gabriel looks skeptical) I know, I know. (to all) Once again everyone. (enters again) Taaa daaa!
GABRIEL: That was… (unconvinced, but afraid that Michael will practice again) good.
MICHAEL: No it wasn’t. Again. (Grand flourish) Taa daa!
GABRIEL: Excellent, excellent.
MICHAEL: You’re just saying that.
GABRIEL: No really, that was good. Keep going.
MICHAEL: (excited) Okay. “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people” Do you think I should start with “Do not be afraid” I mean, my entrance will probably frighten them.
GABRIEL: Um, yes. Definitely.
MICHAEL: (more excited) Okay, “Do not be afraid. (say with mixed theatrical emphasis) Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the City of David there is born for you a Savior…” do you think I should say “for YOU” or “FOR you”
GABRIEL: The first was good. Keep going…
MICHAEL: Ok. “For YOU (pause for effect) a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
GABRIEL: (tries to interrupt, to give a suggestion)… Um I think
MICHAEL: (angrily puts out hand as if to see don’t interrupt and continues to emphasis) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.” Ok everyone, enter with flourish. (watches the invisible angels) excellent, excellent, Angel in the right there, more wing action. You there, more white… wonderful. Beautiful. Sing louder everyone. Right from the gut. As if you mean it. Wow. We’ll be great. (to Gabriel to make Gabriel envious) I won’t be surprised if God awards me another promotion. He might even give me your job. Ha!
GABRIEL: Michael, have you read the script?
MICHAEL: Of course I have.
GABRIEL: I mean, after your part ends.
MICHAEL: (looks in script) Ya, the shepherds go to see Jesus.
GABRIEL: And then…
MICHAEL: And then they (reading) “go back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen.”
GABRIEL: So…
MICHAEL: (irritated) So what? What are you trying to say?
GABRIEL: I should be asking you… what are YOU trying to say?
MICHAEL: Well… proclaim that Lord’s birth of course.
GABRIEL: No its not… you’re….
MICHAEL: Stop it, stop it. No preaching. I get enough of it during Heavenly Devotions every morning.
GABRIEL: Michael. What impresses the shepherds most?
MICHAEL: (sadly) It’s not my entrance but the entrance of all the other angels…
GABRIEL: No Michael. They’re most impressed by Jesus. He’s the amazing work of God that they see. He is what the shepherds praise and glorify God for.
MICHAEL: Ya, but… if I didn’t tell them, they wouldn’t know.
GABRIEL: Exactly, but you tell them about Jesus and when they see Jesus they will change.
MICHAEL: I didn’t think of it like that. Gosh, Gabriel. You’re good. Have you thought of taking Morning Devotions sometime? It’s much better than what old Phanuel keeps preaching.
GABRIEL: (excited and letting pride take over him) I have thought about Michael. I mean, when God has given me a gift, I should use it right. I really think I’d be much better than Phanuel anyday. I’d be good… even great!

-fini-

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