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ALWAYS READY TO FORGIVE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: relationships, forgiveness, grace
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-32; Gal.5:1; Eph.1:6;
. Col.2:6-14; Heb.3:8-22; 1Pet.2:16
Style: drama/conversation: kids discuss
. why they don’t feel worthy enough
. to be attending the family gathering
Cast: KIDS 1-4 (can be adults), MOM, DAD
Set & Props: (optional) doorway to house
(KIDS 1-2 enter from one side of the stage and approach
doorway, while KIDS 3-4 enter from the other side.)
K 1 (seeing K 3) I cannot believe you are actually
. coming to the family reunion!
K 3 I know-I know. I almost did not come.
. I still feel so guilty.
K 1 And you should! What you did was just terrible.
K 3 You don’t have to rub it in. I have my doubts.
K 2 Doubts about what?
K 3 Whether Mom and Dad have written me out of
. their will. I mean, I would not blame them if they
. did not want me to be part of the family anymore.
K 2 Why would you think that?
K 3 Come on. What I did was unforgiveable.
K 1 At least we agree on something.
K 2 (to K 1) You’re not helping.
K 1 That’s not my job. Or my concern.
. I make sure I always do the right thing.
K 4 Of course, because in your mind,
. you’re the favorite child.
K 1 That’s because I follow the rules,
. and don’t rock the boat.
K 2 (to K 1) You do so rock the boat.
K 1 You all started this conversation.
. I’m just trying to help you all see the truth.
K 2 You don’t know everything. And what gives you
. the right to speak for Mom and Dad?
K 1 Because I keep in touch with them. I visit them
. every week. I even call or text every day
. to make sure they’re okay.
K 2 I do the same thing.
K 4 That’s why I almost didn’t come today.
K 1 What do you mean? You’re never here.
K 4 I know. That’s... what I mean. I may as well
. not even be considered part of the family.
. I’m never here. And I’m so busy, I certainly
. don’t have time to call.
K 1 That’s your own decision.
K 4 I know. I have no excuse. I should just stop
. trying to justify my absence.
K 1 It’s important to put forth the effort
. to make an appearance.
K 2 (to K 1) Maybe you make an appearance,
. but you could put forth some effort
. to help out more.
K 1 I help out.
K 2 I’m the one left doing all the dirty work.
. They’re getting older, you know.
K 1 I send them money. They can use it
. for whatever they need.
K 2 You put notes with the money saying 3
. what they should buy. And in the end,
. it’s always something that will benefit you.
K 1 What are implying?
K 2 I thought I was actually being pretty clear.
K 1 I do not try to manipulate.
K 2 Of course, because you’re so perfect.
K 1 Mom and Dad have never complained.
K 2 Because Mom and Dad love all of us –
. no matter what.
K 1 Oh come on, everyone has their limits.
(MOM and DAD open the door and/or step out.)
DAD Hi, kids. We thought we heard you out here.
MOM Why don’t you come in? The food’s
. getting cold.
(After a moment of awkward silence, KID 2 steps forward.)
K 2 I’m sorry. I should not have gotten involved
. with this petti argument.
MOM We forgive you, dear.
K 2 (to KIDS) Sorry guys.
K 4 (mumbling) That’s... okay?
K 1 (K 1) Don’t try to make ME look bad.
K 4 (steps forward) Mom, Dad, I’m truly sorry
. for not keeping in touch. I’m going to try
. to do better in the future.
DAD Come on in, we forgive you.
MOM We’re just so glad that you’re here now.
(KID 4 enters the house. KID 3 shuffles feet 4
while trying to gather up the courage to speak.
KID 1 decides to hang back and watch the show, gloating.)
K 3 I’m- I – would not blame you if you never
. wanted to see me ever again.
MOM Why would you ever say that?
DAD You are our child. And you will always
. be our child - no matter what.
MOM No matter what you’ve done – we’ll always
. love you.
K 3 I’m so sorry.
DAD We forgive you.
MOM Come here. Let us hug you.
(KID 3 shuffles over and allows the hugs of MOM and DAD.
KID 1 balks and shakes head in surprise.)
K 1 How can you forgive that? Here I am,
. always trying my best to follow the rules-
(KID 3 enters the house. MOM and DAD turn to KID 1.)
MOM You might not understand this, because
. you think that you have to earn our love...
. but – we love all of you the same.
DAD Do you think so little of us – that we would
. be incapable of loving you – just because
. you are one of our children?
K 1 Never thought of it that way. I’m – sorry.
DAD Of course we forgive you.
MOM And just as we love and forgive you, we want
. all of you kids to love and forgive each other.
. It makes for a much better family time. Yes?
(MOM and DAD usher KID 1 inside.)