Opryland Christmas Show

Thursday, November 30, 2006

After our visit to the "Ice" exhibit we went as a group to the Opryland auditorium, present home of the Grand Ole Opry, for their Christmas program.

The first part of the show made us think about Ashleigh, Jordan and Elyse because it was all about a little girl dancing with the bears. She had not asked Santa for much, and he decided to give her and extra gift of a dream about the bears.

All of our girls are very much into bears, so they would have enjoyed this dance with the bears.

A troup of toy soldiers did an incredible precision marching drill, and then got blown down by a cannon.

The scene then moved to city Christmas, with costumes so bright they must have been using some fluorescent process.
The evening was ended with a magnificent dramatization of the Nativity, the reading of "One Solitary Life" and the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty

He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself

He was only thirty three

His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth

When he was dead

He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend

Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life

Fellowship time

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