Cast: Josiah, Henry, Jake, Angel Gabriel
And before I knew it, that wolf done snuck up behind me and started carryin’ the sheep off by the scruff of the neck, one by one.
Henry: That ain’t right, and you know it! You were out like a light! How would you know? You were snorin’ so loud that I couldn’t sleep, and it was your watch that night.
Josiah: I wasn’t snorin’—I was clearin’ my sinuses.
Henry: For 15 minutes!?
Jake: You got some sinus problem, boy!
Josiah: Well, you sure didn’t seem like you were in too much of a hurry to help.
Henry: I woke you up, didn’t I?
Josiah: How many times do I have to tell you? I wasn’t sleepin’!
Henry: Well, tell Jake about what you did after that.
Jake: Hold it.
(Pause. Light angelic music is heard, and its volume slowly increases.)
Henry: What was that?
Josiah: Sounds like . . .
Jake: Music! And . . .
Josiah: What’s that light?
Henry: Angels! Great heavens!
Josiah: “Great heavens” is right!
Henry: Boy! Are we in trouble now!
Jake: Head for cover!
Josiah: Come back here, Jake! This ain’t no thunderstorm!
Henry: (trembling with fear) Jehovah, forgive me for breakin’ the Sabbath two weeks ago. Forgive me for eating that bacon when I went to Samaria! And for yelling at my wife last Thursday, and for—
Jake: Will you cut it out? That angel is trying to say something to us.
Gabriel: Don’t be afraid!
Josiah: You ain’t gonna kill us?
Gabriel: I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem.
Henry: The Messiah? Our Savior? Well, uh, that’s great!
Jake: How’re we gonna know who He is?
Gabriel: You will find the baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.
Josiah: Wow! Listen to all those angels!
Henry: Praise God! The Messiah is here!
Josiah: What’s “Messiah” mean?
Henry: I’ll tell you later. Would you look at all those angels!
Jake: Hey! Where’d they go?
Josiah: They plum vanished into thin air!
Henry: Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s go see this baby!
Josiah: You never did tell me about who the Messiah is!
Jake: We’ll tell you on the way.
Josiah: What about the sheep?
Henry: Forget the sheep! We just saw angels flyin’ round in the sky, and you’re worried about sheep!