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FEAST OR FAMINE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: spiritual feeding
SCRIPTURE: Prov.22:6, Eph.6:4
Style: allegory/conversation: a family ignores
. the feast that is right there and chooses
. to suffer through being malnourished,
. until they realize that things go better
. when they eat from God’s table which
. is always prepared and set for them
Cast: MOM, DAD, CHILD 1-3 (or any number,
. you can reassign lines if you have to)
Set & Props: small table with a few junk food items,
. nice table “set” with a feast
. (easy way - have a cardboard photo
. of a turkey and other food items
. at the back of the table, then place
. beautiful serving dishes (not see-through)
. in front with some healthy foods
. like carrots, apples...
. AND so that you don’t need much, you can
. put something at the bottom of the dishes
. just so there’s an appearance of a feast)
. ALSO: Depending on how you present this, you can
. put signs at the bottom of each table.
. For small table: “worldly table”.
. For big beautiful table:
. “God’s table: devotions, prayer, church”
(MOM enters, dragging herself in with sagging shoulders.
DAD enters with angry adrenaline pumping.)
DAD Where did you put my computer bag?!
MOM (sourly) Morning to you, too.
(CHILD 1-3 enter, yawning and bumping into each other.)
CHILD 1 Watch where you’re going!
CHILD 2 Get away from me!
CHILD 3 I’m so starving, I can’t even think!
DAD Mind over matter! Get over it!
MOM I do not have the energy for this.
CHILD 3 Mom, Dad, I’m REALLY starving!
. We haven’t eaten anything in five days.
(MOM weakly shuffles over to the small table, looks into
a chip bag, then carefully hands one chip to each child.
CHILD 3 looks at his/her chip very sadly,
then looks weakly over to the big table.)
DAD Aren’t we going to give thanks?
MOM For WHAT?!
(CHILD 3 points at the big table.)
CHILD 3 Why can’t we eat at that table?
(MOM and DAD do not even look in that direction.)
MOM What table?
CHILD 3 The big table - with all the real food!
DAD (shrugs) Oh, that. That’s just for Sundays.
. We don’t need any of THAT - during the week.
CHILD 1 Exactly! That food is for sissies.
CHILD 2 If you eat at that table –
. it only means that you’re weak.
CHILD 3 I AM weak. I’m starving and I’m weak.
CHILD 2 (to CHILD 3) Weakling, weakling!
CHILD 1 (to CHILD 3) You’re such a dork!
CHILD 3 (pleading) Daaaad?
DAD You have to learn to fight for yourself!
CHILD 3 Mom?
CHILD 2 You’re such a weakling! 3
CHILD 1 Why do you bother Mom and Dad?
. They do NOT know anything, anyways!
(CHILD 3 wanders to the big table and stares at it.)
MOM You know, I’m so tired of all this -
. I just don’t care anymore.
. I have enough things to worry about!
. Why must I do everything around here?
DAD Are we going to start this again? Do you
. really want to go there? Because I will!
(CHILD 3 picks up something to eat – and enjoys it.)
CHILD 3 Mmmm... This is SO good.
CHILD 1 What are you doing?!
CHILD 3 Enjoying a feast!
CHILD 1 Why?
CHILD 3 Because it’s good for me! I need it!
CHILD 1 What a dork!
CHILD 2 Weakling!
CHILD 3 Doesn’t matter what you say.
. I just wish you could all see how good this is.
MOM (approaches the table to look at it)
. Well, it is always right here – always ready -
. every day – all the time! It would definitely
. keep me from - having to worry about things.
(The rest of the family approaches and begins to eat.)
CHILD 2 I guess this would give me more strength.
CHILD 1 Hey, could you pass me one of those
. drumsticks... (smiling) please?
DAD Why would we NOT eat from this every day?