With words, I painted a picture of this seemingly insignificant family who offered Joseph and Mary shelter in their stable. I imagined their lives: what they thought, what they feared and what they hoped.
The Bible gives us no information about the innkeeper so there is no way to know what kind of people he and his family were.
So I created characters that were plausible and wove in the traditional Biblical Christmas characters including the shepherds and wise men.
Finally, I added a subplot featuring an unbeliever who was transformed by the story and the testimony of Joseph and Mary’s faithfulness.
And voila! ‘Christmas at Bethlehem Inn’ was born!
The play premiered at my church in Jackson, Mississippi with a cast of adult actors and one child. Several years later, I used it at my church in Brussels, Belgium with a cast of children. It was perfect in both church settings and I began to share the play online.
Since then, churches in eight states and four countries have produced the play. It was even produced as a radio program in Sri Lanka and broadcast to a national audience of more than 100,000! (That’s amazing isn’t it?)
The script was so refreshing!! It cast the characters in a light that most of us do not even think about. I think the ‘realness’ of each character draws the audience into the story and helps them see it in a more personal light. I have directed many Christmas programs, but this is my all-time favorite.
“Our congregation was just delighted by the fresh take on the Christmas story.”
– Michael Winter, Glenview Baptist, Fort Worth, Texas
“Your script was such an answer to prayer. Thank you so much!”
– Mindy Kaneaster, Lifepath Church, Houston, Texas