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WE LIKE SHEEP – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: going astray
SCRIPTURE: Matt.18:12-14, Lk.15:4-7, 1Pt.2: 25,
. Ezekiel 34:11-16, Ps.23
Style: allegory/conversation: one sheep goes
. astray when it leaves the fold
. to hang out with the goats
Cast: LAMB (new Christian),
. SHEEP (mature Christian),
Set & Props: an exit or something where SHEEP
. can walk to and hide behind
NAR. WE - are like sheep – and should not stray…
(LAMB walks up to SHEEP.)
SHEEP Sure, that’s easy for you to say.
. You’re a sheep.
LAMB Ah, you’re a sheep, too.
SHEEP Naw, I’m a maverick!
LAMB A what? I thought for sure
. you were a sheep!
. Once a sheep - always a sheep.
SHEEP It’s getting old.
LAMB I think it’s NEW!
SHEEP That’s because you’re just a lamb.
. Wait a few years.
LAMB But, I was talking to
. the old ram over there, and
. he finds that no matter how old he gets,
. every day is like a new one.
SHEEP He must be senile! Now, take a look 2
. over there at our shepherd.
. Every day is the same.
. We follow him, while
. he tries to keep us in line.
LAMB I like him. He makes sure
. we’re fed, and safe –
SHEEP He does what he has to.
. But notice, EVERY DAY IS THE SAME!
. We walk, we stop, get something to drink,
. we eat, we sleep!
LAMB (shrugs) What more do you want?
SHEEP I want – adventure!
. I want to do something - dangerous.
LAMB Well, the other day when we were walking
. along that cliff, I slipped and fell –
SHEEP Oh! So YOU were the one holding us up.
. I was wondering why I wasn’t going anywhere.
. Boy! You’re not only a wimp, but a klutz too.
LAMB Hey, it happens. The path was steep there,
. then I thought I heard wolves howling,
. and glanced around to see –
SHEEP Paranoid, too.
LAMB Anyway, for those few seconds,
. I wasn’t trusting in the shepherd
. to take care of us. And
. I wasn’t watching where I was going,
. and I fell. Got stuck on a ledge, and
. wasn’t even afraid. I just
. called out to the shepherd.
. He came and picked me up
. and made sure I wasn’t hurt.
SHEEP (like baa’ing) Blaaah, blaah, blaaah.
LAMB Well, I like being a sheep,
. and I like our shepherd.
SHEEP You see, I’m getting tired of being 3
. a sheep and following the shepherd. Now!
. (motioning to the side) –
. look at those sheep up there,
. up on that ridge.
. Wow! Are THEY lucky!
LAMB But, what are THEY doing
. that’s so different?
. They’re just up on a ledge
. that looks slippery.
. And they don’t have a shepherd.
SHEEP Right. And I think I’m going to join them.
LAMB I don’t know...
. Sheep need to follow something.
SHEEP And I want to follow my fantasies.
. I want to go join those sheep.
LAMB (looking) What if they’re not sheep?
. Maybe they’re wolves!
SHEEP Wolves! Take a better look.
. They hardly look like wolves.
LAMB (taking a longer look, skeptical)
. They don’t LOOK like us. ACTUALLY,
. they look more like mountain goats.
SHEEP That’s got to be better
. than hanging out with all you bleat heads!
. Besides, I‘ve known a few goats –
. they’re not much different.
LAMB It’s one thing to be with goats
. when the shepherd is near,
. but just to go off on your own.
. You’re asking for trouble.
SHEEP So what! I just don’t care anymore.
. (starts to leave)
LAMB Don’t go. You won’t be happy.
SHEEP I’m not happy NOW.
(SHEEP leaves and disappears.
LAMB keeps talking and glancing in the direction
that SHEEP went.)
LAMB You won’t be happy up there with them.
. (last minute pleading)
. You’ll be out of your environment.
. It’s very cold up there.
. And there’s no grass or drinking water.
. You won’t be letting the shepherd help you.
. It’s just too rocky... Oh oh...
. (bites fingernails and cringes)
SHEEP (from off stage) HEEELLLLPPP!
(SHEEP comes limping back)
SHEEP Whew! That was close!
LAMB What happened?
SHEEP At first it seemed exciting.
. Maybe it was just the lack of oxygen.
. And when I reached the top,
. one goat said, “Come and join us,
. come right over here, my friend.”
. But then another goat rudely told me
. to “Get lost.”
LAMB Why didn’t you leave?
SHEEP He was just kidding with me... I think.
. But the first goat seemed so friendly.
. Then he pushed me over the edge.
. I asked for help, but they just laughed.
. Then they started fighting with each other,
. and left me there. I felt so alone.
. They just didn’t care.
LAMB So how’d you get back.
SHEEP I tried getting out of the crevasse by myself,
. but I hurt my leg when I fell.
LAMB Why didn’t you call the shepherd.
SHEEP I finally tried calling for the shepherd. 5
. I really didn’t think he’d hear me.
. And even if he DID hear me,
. I figured he wouldn’t bother to get me.
. I mean, I ran away. And I was a LONG way off.
. I was REALLY in a mess.
. But he found me in no time.
. Seemed he knew exactly where I was.
LAMB But you know how much he cares for you.
. You know he’d give his life to save ANY of us.
SHEEP I know. I thought I could handle it on my own.
. I mean - I AM older than you,
. And more mature. I SHOULD know better.
. I guess, no matter how much one knows:
. we still do stupid things, and
. the shepherd ALWAYS knows best.
LAMB Yeah, that’s the one thing I DO know.
. And I never want to forget that.
(SHEEP puts his/her arm around LAMB and they exit together.)
NAR. 1 Peter 2: 25
. “For you were like sheep going astray,
. but now you have returned to the Shepherd
. and Overseer of your souls.”