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SWMC   The Shepherd Who Missed Christmas
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Author  Delvyn Case (bio)
Cast: 9 Men + extras, 8 Women + extras
Time: 1 1/4 Hours
Set: Simple sets
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Synopsis
       On that special night in Bethlehem long ago, one of the shepherds who tended the flocks at the edge of town is sent to Jerusalem to deliver the sacrificial lambs to the Temple. Unlike his friends, Jacob is a believer in God, awaiting the coming of His Messiah. On the road he repels a couple with a very pregnant wife heading to Bethlehem for the census.
       When Jacob returns to Bethlehem, he learns that his friends have seen the Messiah in a stable. He is mad. His scoffer friends do not deserve this.
       While others see changes in the other shepherds' lives, Jacob remains angry and bitter. His faith wavers.
       Finally Jacob is sent to Jerusalem again. On the way he meets three foreign Magi who are following a star announcing the birth of a new King. Jacob shares his disappointment that he has not seen the Messiah and that he does not believe the Messiah has come. These wisemen make Jacob realize that many will not ever see the Messiah, even while He is on earth. Faith has to be grounded on more.
       Jacob leads the Magi to the house where Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are residing. There in the house he recognizes the couple he gruffly rebuked on the road. If he had helped them, he would have been there at Jesus' birth. Graciously God allows Jacob to see the Messiah in the house. He did not miss Christmas after all.