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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: show, don’t hide your testimony
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:14-16
Style: allegory/conversation: hikers stumble
. around in the dark until one of them
. takes out their lantern to safely
. light the way
Cast: HIKERS 1–3 (NOTE: try to have voices
. that sound different from each other)
Set & Props: 2 chairs, backpack, lantern or flashlight,
(HIKER 3 sits on a chair at center stage.
HIKERS 1-2 enter and slowly try to make their way across.
Make it as dark as possible, but not dangerously so.)
H 1 I need some help here.
H 2 What’s your problem?
H 1 I’m really tired of trying to feel
. my way around. It would be nice
. if I could actually see something.
H 2 What are you – chicken?
H 1 No! I’m thinking there must be a better way.
H 3 There is.
H 1 What? Who’s there? What is the better way?
H 3 Ah, you’re probably not going to like the answer.
H 1 Why not?
H 3 It’s – too simple.
H 1 But I want something simple.
H 2 Oh, so now you’re a wimp and a baby!
H 1 No! What is so weird about wanting to see 2
. where you’re going? I just want to SEE
. where I am going!
H 3 Ah, well, then, you need some light.
H 1 Light? What’s that?
H 2 No! Don’t look for light! You don’t know
. what you are getting yourself into.
H 1 You mean, I might see something?
H 2 Exactly! Ignorance is bliss...
. that’s how I see it.
H 1 So you don’t want to see at all?
H 2 Duh! That’s just what I said.
H 1 Why?
H 2 Well, if you can see, then you will be held
. responsible for the path that you’re on.
H 1 But you ARE already taking that path,
. so you ARE responsible.
H 2 But I don’t want to KNOW about it, okay?
H 1 Okaaaay, but - if you could see that
. you ARE on the wrong path,
. wouldn’t you want to find the right one?
H 2 Not necessarily. I mean, what if it’s boring?
. I like the excitement.
H 1 Ah, I just don’t unde-
. (bumps into chair)
. OW! OUCH! That hurt.
H 3 Are you all right?
H 1 I bumped my knee against something.
. You see? If I could see, I’m pretty sure
. I wouldn’t be hurting myself as often.
(HIKER 1 moves a little more forward and 3
reaches HIKER 3, and bumps into him/her.)
H 1 Ouch - again!
H 3 Ow! Watch it!
H 1 Sorry. And what do you mean by “watch it?”
. I can’t see where I’m going!
. Now - if I could see, I probably
. wouldn’t be hurting OTHERS as often, also.
. What are you doing just sitting here, anyway?
H 3 I... usually - try not to move
. unless I’m using the light.
H 1 Wait, you have - light?
H 3 Um... yeah.
H 1 Why didn’t you say so? Why aren’t you sharing it?
H 2 NO! Please, do NOT take out the light.
. I do NOT want to see the light –
. I don’t want to see any light – at all!
H 3 That’s why. Some people get very angry
. when they see the light.
H 1 Well that’s just crazy.
. Why do you care what other people think?
. Why do you let them CONTROL you like that?
H 3 I – um – I’m a – people-pleaser?
H 1 Well, I’m asking you to show me the light.
. I’m a people. And I want to see this light.
H 3 Are you really sure?
H 1 Yes, I’m begging you! I’m so tired
. of trying to go places in the dark.
H 3 Well, okay then.
(HIKER 3 opens up the backpack and light shines
out of it.)
H 1 Wow! It does exit!
. Okay, so, take it out of there.
. I want to see what happens.
H 2 No, don’t do that. You’ll spoil the party!
H 1 I want to see what happens when
. you take it out of your backpack.
(HIKER 3 takes the lantern out of the backpack which
lights up the stage. You can add other stage lights.)
H 1 Wow! Look at everything. I can see.
. And I can see that that the hiker over there
. is VERY close to death.
(HIKER 1 points over at HIKER 2 who is at the edge
of the stage close to the other stage exit.)
H 2 I am not! You just be quiet!
H 1 But you’re in danger!
H 2 Sh, I don’t want to know. La-la-la-la-la...
(HIKER 2 puts hands over ears to momentarily block out
HIKER 2’s talking.)
H 1 But you’re right by a big cliff.
H 2 I don’t care. Ah!
(HIKER 2 covers their eyes then rushes out to exit.)
H 1 But, you’re – in – danger!
H 2 (just voice can be heard) I don’t care!
H 3 See that? I just don’t want to deal with that.
. It’s their choice. They don’t WANT
. to see the light.
H 1 But at least she/he got a glimpse of what
. the light can do. That way they can make
. a more educated decision.
H 3 I suppose that’s true. 5
H 1 And now that I see what this light can do –
. I want my own light.
. Where can I get my own light?
H 3 Well, come with me then. I’ll tell you.
(As HIKER 1 and 3 exit, all the lights come up.
You can go into a song or a message at this point.)