The Christmas Baby
Music: “Take My Life and Let It Be” by Frances Ridley Havergal
Puppet 1: Did you hear about the baby that was born just before Christmas?
Puppet 2: You don’t say! A Christmas baby?
Puppet 1: I didn’t say that. I said just before Christmas.
Puppet 2: That would be some deal. She probably didn’t get many presents for her birthday.
Puppet 1: I didn’t say it was a girl.
Puppet 2: Well, what was it. I mean the baby?
Puppet 1: She was a beautiful baby girl, born on December 14 in 1836.
Puppet 2: Whaaaaaaaaaat! I wasn’t even around that long ago.
Puppet 1: That’s right! She sure learned a lot of bible verses. Why when she was only four years old, she was memorizing and reading her bible.
Puppet 2: What? You mean she was reading and memorizing her bible? I just learned to read last year in school. I sure don’t like to read books. I like to play over at my friend’s house. He has the neatest game he got for his birthday last week. Read, read, read, Yuck!
Puppet 1: That’s not all to the story.
Puppet 2: Well? What else did she do?
Puppet 1: She started writing verses or poetry when she was seven years old.
Puppet 2: Who was this girl? I can hardly read, much less write. I hate writing all those sentences at school. My teacher has me write most of my work over.
Puppet 1: Her name was Frances Hav-er-gal. Her dad was a preacher.
Puppet 2: Did her dad make her read her bible and write?
Puppet 1: No. He encouraged her to write. Frances wanted to read her Bible. She gave her heart to Jesus when she was a little older.
Puppet 2: How did she do that?
Puppet 1: She just asked Jesus into her heart. She asked him to forgive her from all her sins.
Puppet 2: That sound simple enough.
Puppet 1: It is, but it is not easy to do the right things every day. God is pleased when you obey his Word. You know – like the Ten Commandments?
Puppet 2: Yeah. I remember those from last year in Sunday school. What was the first one “Thou shalt not commit graven images?”
Puppet 1: You mean thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image?
Puppet 2: What is a graven image?
Puppet 1: It can be anything. For example: something that you put before God. Some people do not go to church. They are too busy fishing, boating, and camping. They are putting these things before God.
Puppet 2: Tell me some more about this Franses.
Puppet 1: She learned to speak Greek and Hebrew.
Puppet 2: Wow! I am impressed. My mom would be impressed if I would use better English. She tells me that all the time.
Puppet 1: Frances was a sickly child. She could get sick easy.
Puppet 2: I know there are some kids at school that miss at least once every week. They get sick if someone in the room sneezes.
Puppet 1: What song did she write?
Puppet 2: She wrote the song we sing “Take My Life and Let It Be”
Puppet 1: That’s a pretty neat song.
Puppet 2: Since she was not very healthy, she died when she was rather young. She was 42 when the doctor told her that she did not have long to live.
Puppet 1: Well, I’m glad that she had time to write “Take My Life and Let It be.”
Puppet 2: Every boy and girl needs to allow God to help them live their life for Him.
©Jeanne McIntosh Kidz Ministry 2004. All rights reserved.
Reference used: 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck.