“Live people don’t understand do they?” pondered Emily Webb, performed by Audrey in our recent production of OUR TOWN at Christian Heritage School. This was the third time I’ve directed this play, and each time I’m wrecked with the message it carries.
Do we marvel at the beautiful relationships God has given us every minute of every day? In the world I walk in today, I recognize the distractions stealing away the moments, which could have been memorable — moments lost and unable to be reclaimed.
Audrey’s portrayal of Emily Webb, who in Act III died prematurely during childbirth, reflected from the grave the value of life. It was astounding and arresting. Carried back to her 12th birthday, Emily Webb contemplated the beauty around her, which she had taken for granted. In a desperate plea to awaken the living to the realities around them, Audrey’s performance brought a deep sense of awe to the audience.
“That’s all live people are — troubled.” With lines like these from Thornton Wilder, I understand why this is one of the greatest plays of America. I’m convicted I might fit into the category of “troubled”… but that’s not how I want to be known.
Can the shackles of “troubled” be shaken loose? I’m convinced there’s only one person who can cut those chords. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We can finish our stories, brimming with beauty because He has overcome every obstacle.
Have you let the troubles of life create a dark cloud amidst your relationships? Are your conversations filled with desperation? Have you stopped noticing the beauty in others around you? Take a deep breath. Trust in the power of Jesus to bring hope. Think on things which whisper joy to your heart.
His burden is light. (Matthew 11:29)
Thank you for your prayerful support of our family volunteering as missionaries with Youth With A Mission. Through this play at Christian Heritage School, many lives were touched, and the students grew in maturity and faith.