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TRUST AND OBEDIENCE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: trusting God enough to obey
SCRIPTURE: Job, 2 Cor.1:5-24
Style: drama, conversation: a child has been told
. to do a chore by the parent, but friends
. question the child’s innocence and
. the parent’s motives
Cast: CHILD, FRIENDS 1-3, PARENTS VOICES 1-2
. (if you have more or less actors,
. you can divide or combine the lines)
Set & Props: broom, cellphone
(CHILD enters from stage left and begins to sweep
the “patio” when FRIENDS come along from stage right.)
F 1 Hey, want to go to the mall with us?
C (sadly) Aw, can’t.
F 1 What’s up?
C I have to sweep the entire patio.
F 1 What did you do?
C What are you talking about?
F 1 Well, did you ask for this?
F 1 Then you’re being punished for something.
C No, kind of makes me wonder, though.
. But I’m pretty sure I didn’t do anything wrong.
F 1 How can you be so sure?
C (pauses to think) Ah, let’s see.
. I’m searching my heart, and soul,
. and my memory...
. Noooo, can’t think of anything.
(CHILD continues to sweep.)
F 2 Then you’ve been forced into child slavery.
C What? No – I haven’t.
F 2 Are you having fun yet?
C Not – really.
F 2 So, why don’t you just – run away?
C Run away?
F 2 Yeah, run away from this work.
C But my parents told me to sweep the patio.
F 2 But they are making you SUFFER.
C Don’t you think I’d suffer more –
. if I – ran away from the work?
F 2 If your parents make you suffer like this,
. why would you want to obey them? I say,
. do whatever you want. You might as well.
C Look, I trust my parents.
. I know they wouldn’t make me do
. something that would be bad for me.
(CHILD pauses to look at a hand. FRIEND 2 notices.)
F 2 Do you still trust them? See!
. You’re now getting horrible blisters.
. Those are going to hurt! So why do you
. put up with this suffering?
. I’d be sassing my parents right about now...
C You are not going to talk me out of this.
. I just keep praying that I will get
. through it all... Singing helps.
F 2 Please don’t make us hear that!
(PARENT calls from off stage left.)
P 1 (voice calling from off stage)
. I also want you to wipe down
. all of patio furniture.
F 3 Wow! I really pity you. I mean,
. just how much more can you take?
. Notice, how good we’ve all got it.
P 2 (voice calling from off stage right)
. Clare/nce! Get home this instant!
(CHILD pauses briefly to look at FRIEND 3.)
F 3 Hey, I’m not worried.
. I haven’t done anything wrong.
P 2 (voice calling again) Clare/nce!
. You’re in big trouble!
. I saw the mess you made!
(FRIEND 2 guffaws, until PARENT 2’S VOICE calls again.)
P 2 (voice calling) Bobbie! You, too!
(FRIEND 2 becomes scared, then shrugs it off.)
F 2 It can’t be that bad. Whatever.
P 2 (voice calling again) You both
. better be home in ten minutes,
. or there will be huge consequences!
(FRIEND 1 checks a text on a cellphone.)
F 1 Oops, ah, I probably should get home, also.
P 1 (voice calling again) When you’re done,
. there’s one more thing.
(CHILD and FRIENDS freeze – waiting.)
P 1 (voice continues) We’re going to decorate
. the patio for a huge party we’re having
. this weekend. The whole family will be coming.
(CHILD smiles and begins to sweep faster.)
F 1 Aw man! You’re SO lucky!
C Funny, you didn’t think so before.
F 2 (to F3) Why can’t WE have a party?
C Yes! finished sweeping.
. Time to wash down the furniture.
. Huh, the suffering doesn’t feel so bad now.
. See, I knew I could trust my parents.
. Well, see you around.
(CHILD exits stage left with a big smile.
FRIENDS 1-3 walk off stage right with gloomy faces.)