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JOYFUL HEART - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: worrying, joyful heart
SCRIPTURE: Ps.5:11; Prov.17:22
Style: satire/conversation: two doctors examine
. a patient who has pain in their heart
Cast: PATIENT (best if older child)
. DR. HEALTHMAN (German accent)
. DR. FAITH JOY
Set & Props: 2 medical coats, clipboards, pens,
. stethoscope, stool, glass of water
(DR. HEALTH ushers in PATIENT, trying to catch up
with DR. FAITH JOY.)
DR. H Ich finden eine kinde, zie ist zehr krank.
DR. F English, please, Dr. Healthman.
DR. H Oh, yes, I keep forgetting.
. I found dis child who ist not feeling vell.
DR. F I see-I see. Why don’t you examine her first
. and rule out anything physical.
DR. H Ya-ya. Please climb it up here and sitten.
. Now, tell me where it hurts.
(PATIENT sits down on stool. DR. FAITH stands by ready
to take notes.)
PATIENT It’s my heart.
DR. H Your heart! Das ist nicht zo gut (goot).
DR. F Heh?
DR. H Sorry. Dat is not so good. Let us have
. a listen in, den, shall we?
(DR. H puts stethoscope to PATIENT’S upper chest.)
DR. H Oh vell, ya-ya-ya.
DR. F Yes-yes-yes?
DR. H Zie breaths, and der heart goes ba-boom 2
. ba-boom ba-boom. That is gut! (goot)
. Zo den tell me, how does your heart hurt?
PATIENT It’s inside.
DR. H Oh, vell, den we need to take a look inside,
. shall we. Just trinken das vaser, bitte.
DR. F Trinkets and saucer bits?
DR. H Sorry, I keep forgetting. Drink ze vater.
. We need to clear da vay to see deep down der.
(DR. H hands PATIENT a glass of water, who drinks some
then gargles with it. DR. H looks down PATIENT’S throat
while they are gargling.)
DR. H Nein-nein-nein, such turmoil.
DR. F No-no-no. What is it?
DR. H Oh, no, do not laugh, laughing is not good.
DR. F Laughing is good.
Dr. H Oh, ya-ya-ya. Laughing is fery good,
. but not ven you, what is dat vord...
(DR. H gargles.)
DR. F Gargle!
DR. H Ya-ya, gargle. Anyvay...
(PATIENT begins to weep.)
DR. H But see, how ze laughter turns to crying.
. Dere’s such heavy sadness. Laughing can help.
. It is goot to laugh, but not so necessary.
. It is more important to have joy in life –
. Not “ha-ha” joy, but zie peaceful joy.
. But “ha-ha” laughing is good. Yah, in fact,
. I will prescribe you laugh at least twice
. a veek. If you have any problems vit dat,
. I vill refer you to Dr. Crazy Bones.
. But your condition it is vorse dan I figured.
. It is not physical, it is much deeper dan dat.
DR. F Excellent diagnosis.
DR. H Ya! Zo, ve now need zie expert diagnosis
. from my vunderbar associate – Dr. Kill Joy.
DR. F Faith! Dr. Faith Joy.
DR. H Ya-ya, Dr. Faith Joy. I have ze problems
. vit my English.
DR. F You also have problems with your
. short-term memory.
DR. H Ya-ya, I should examine myself
. vile you look at ze patient here.
(DR. H steps aside and puts the stethoscope up
to his own head while crossing his eyes and
sticking out his tongue. PATIENT giggles.)
DR. F Dr. Healthman, do you mind?
DR. H Oh, ya-ya, sorry. Dr. –
DR. F Kill Joy, AH!!! Faith - Faith Joy!
DR. H Ya-ya, Dr. Joy takes her vork very seriously.
. It is very serious stuff. And see how ze
. patient’s laughter is filled vit such deep
. despair. I vill just be here, quiet,
. taking notes.
(DR. H stands aside ready with the clipboard.)
DR. F All right. So let’s begin and first rule out
. guilt. Have you been working on obedience
PATIENT Yes, I have.
DR. Nourishment and strength for your soul.
. Do you read your Bible every day?
PATIENT First thing in the morning, every morning.
DR. Do you have a sense of belonging.
. Do you pray and spend time with God?
DR. F How about confidence? Do you work
. at completely trusting God?
. Or do you worry a lot?
PATIENT Oh! – well – I have to - worry a lot.
. About school, even when I do study hard.
. And about what people will think about me –
. I guess that’s not trusting in God, is it?
DR. F Ah! So we have found it. Did you know –
. that worrying will take your joy away?
PATIENT I did not know that.
DR. F In fact, according to the Bible, all those
. other things will steal your joy, as well.
PATIENT Thank you, Dr. Faith Joy. I will go
. and work on all of that, right away.
DR. H Oh! Another happy –
DR. F JOYFUL –
DR. H JOYFUL patient. Let’s have a group big-tens,
(DR. H jumps out and holds up both hands.
DR. FAITH and PATIENT understand and they high five
each other then walk out.)