Today in honor of Christmas I’m sharing an excerpt from my novel Endless Chain, the second book in my Shenandoah Album series.
Endless Chain explores the many ways that we welcome strangers into our lives. In this scene Sam, a minister of a local church and the woman he loves, Elisa and her friend Adoncia, are helping the church children, along with children from the Latino immigrant community, practice their reenactment of Las Posadas for Christmas Eve.
Las Posadas has a 400 year history in Mexico. The highlight of the nine day novena–one day for each month of pregnancy–is the procession through town in which the Holy Family asks repeatedly for shelter as Mary is about to give birth. They are turned away until at last an innkeeper welcomes them.