He knew exactly when to raise the sign to prompt the audience for our moments of participation, and exactly when to turn it around for the other line.
The audience watched as Jesus was sentenced to death, given his cross, overburdened to the point of falling three times, comforted by his mother, nailed to the cross, taken down from the cross.
And then, Jesus rose from the dead.
Oh, Hallelujah! Never before had the Easter message meant so much to me.
Tommy had enabled all of us to join in and participate. This child who has so much trouble carrying on a normal conversation with his peers, his elders, with everyone, was leading the congregation in the spiritual words of the play.
God does make a way. He finds a way for those who need one.
May all of you experience the joy of the risen Jesus this Easter.
And may you savor the words from Tommy’s sign, “Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.”
During the curtain call, Tommy made his way to the exact center of the line of actors and stage crew. Matt (Jesus) was way off to the side, out of the limelight. Tommy was proud of himself. For all he knew, he had been the star of the show.
In many ways, he was.
Laura Yeager’sreligious essays have appeared at Aleteia.org, The Liguorian magazine, Canticle magazine, BustHalo.com, Guideposts magazine and writersweekly.com. She also regularly writes blog posts about mental health for PsychCentral.com. Laura teaches writing at Kent State University and online Creative Writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York. She’s a graduate of The Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa.