Most of you reading my blog know that I love acting, singing and dancing. Though I have been in several theatre shows over the years, the times I remember that touched me the most were the years I was in the Atlanta Passion Play (APP). This production of the ministry, death and resurrection of Christ was such an honor to be a part of and I learned so much about the Lord during my time in the play.
I remember my first year I was overwhelmed at the magnitude of the play and how many people were a part of it and how detailed the script and the sets were. Each year after that I looked forward to each spring and the next play. It was such an outreach to the community and through the years hundreds of thousands of people attended and I know their lives were touched. There is no way you could attend or be in the cast or crew and not be touched deeply.
I was so sad when the play stopped being performed after sharing the story of Christ for 35 years. Though I was only in the play for a few years I will always remember those times with fondness and joy. I pray that even though it is no longer in existence that those that were touched by it will never forget it. I know I will be forever grateful for the opportunity.
As I look forward to Easter Sunday and all that it represents for a follower of Christ, I remember how the APP made the death and resurrection of Jesus so real in my life. The year I played Mary Magdalene, one of the most vivid memories was when Jesus appears to Mary and asks her why she is crying. She doesn’t realize that Jesus is the one asking her so she replies, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will go and get him. ” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (teacher). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and to your God.'” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. – John 20:15b-18 (NIV)
What incredible emotions Mary must have felt when this happened to her!!! As I played that role, I was really trying to capture all the emotions and some nights during the performances I found myself being completely overwhelmed with the magnitude of this particular scene. I pray that the wonder I felt then never goes away when I think about coming face to face with my Lord! I know in reality it will be so much more awesome!!