A kiss, a scroll, and a lantern–what do these three things have in common? Purity.
When I came home from school after my LOA, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending a play called “The Princess and the Kiss and the Squire and the Scroll.” It was directed and written by Becky Clayton and adapted from Jennie Bishop’s books: “The Princess and the Kiss” (for girls) and “The Squire and the Scroll” (for boys).
Many of my dear friends were going to be in the play, so I decided that I wanted to go in support of them. Because several of these friends were excellent actors and even some had traveled to Europe to perform, I knew that the play would be good–just not THIS good. For two hours, I sat enchanted and completely enthralled in my seat.
Mrs. Clayton did a superb job of directing. I loved how she matched each person so magically to their character. Because I had grown up with most of the actors in the play–them either being about my age or being the sibling of someone my age–I knew them well and had to force myself not to squeal with laughter each time they said or did something that would refer to something subliminally, whether known or secret, that they said or did in everyday life.
The play was wrought with danger, filled with romance, and complete with positive messages. The play was set in the days of royalty and castles in far-away lands. It was quite possibly the best fairy tale of all time. There was a fire-breathing dragon (made by my friend, Sam), live sword fighting scenes (with sparks flying), and even a catapult machine.
Most of all, there was a sweet story of a mother and father teaching their daughter the value of a kiss–her first kiss–and how she should save her kisses for that special someone who would one day make a commitment to her to never leave her and to love her for the rest of their lives. And, there was an equally beautifully story of a family from a neighboring country teaching their son to hold on to the Light of the lantern and to the precepts of the Scroll, which were his only saving grace.
In the play, the son and daughter come together and form an endearing friendship and loyalty to each other that later blooms into a love that no romance, good looks, strength, or money could buy. They learn the value of the Scroll and its power to defeat the enemy and protect them from harm and they realize that, without the Lantern, they are directionless and without hope.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms….Stand firm then, with the belt of truth, …the breastplate or righteousness, …and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace….take up the shield of faith, ….the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God (the Scroll)” (Ephesians 6:11-17).
“I (Jesus) am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). “Then Jesus told them (the crowd and his disciples), ‘You are going to have the light (the Lantern) just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before the darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light (Jesus) while you have it, so that you may become sons of light (Followers of Jesus Christ)” (John 12:35-36).
For the Lantern! And the Scroll!!!