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LED TO HELP – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: helping others
SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:35
Style: drama/conversation: family prepares a room
. as they discuss the expecting teenager
. who is going to live with them
Cast: RON (husband)
. GINA (wife)
. KERRY (teenage daughter)
. MATT (pre-teen son)
Set & Props: table, boxes, baby clothes
(GINA enters with a box of baby clothes, followed
by RON, who carries a bigger box. They set the boxes
on a table. GINA starts to sort through the items.)
GINA I was finally willing to donate these, but,
. now I’m so glad I hung on to them. Who knew?
RON You had to put your hand up, didn’t you?
GINA No one else was.
RON You’re not responsible for picking up
. the slack of others.
GINA That wasn’t why. I just felt – led.
. I really felt led to help.
RON But, as a married couple, this type of
. decision should be made together.
GINA And we did, don’t you remember? I put up
. my hand, then turned to you with my
. questioning look – and then you nodded –
. with your “okay-let’s-do-this” look.
RON But – Gina –
. (watches as GINA admires the tiny clothes)
. Now I’m getting worried.
GINA What are you talking about?
RON This baby isn’t going to be ours.
GINA I know.
RON But you get very attached so easily.
. I can just see you getting too involved.
. And then having your heart crushed somehow.
GINA That should not stop us from helping others.
RON You do you realize - this is a huge
. imposition on our lives.
GINA I know.
RON I don’t think you do. Like - the family trip
. to Florida – that cannot happen now.
GINA So we wait with that a bit.
RON NOW it may never happen.
GINA We’ve lived this long without ever going
. to Florida. I think we’ll survive.
RON This also means less money for things, like
. food, and clothes. We’ll have to rein back
GINA I can certainly wait for sales. And I don’t
. NEED the amount of clothes that I normally have.
. Ron, the decision has been made.
. You can’t talk your way out of this one.
RON I don’t think you really get how much this
. one rash decision is going to impact us
. and the kids.
GINA Maybe it’s best NOT to think about that.
. Think of the dilemma for this poor girl.
. The imposition in HER life – is forever.
RON She did this to herself, dear.
GINA People make mistakes. And she’s so young.
RON Exactly! This girl is the same age as our 3
. daughter. I don’t want Kerry thinking that
. this is a cool idea.
(KERRY and MATT enter carrying boxes.)
MATT Ooh, awkward!
KERRY Dad – I know better.
RON Most kids do, but –
KERRY I’ve heard all the lectures. All the possible
. scenarios. I’m good. I’ll be careful.
MATT Super awkward. (lifts and motions to box)
. So, you want this in the room, right?
GINA Yes! Thank you for all your help.
MATT Ah - just how long is she going to stay?
GINA I – I don’t know.
MATT You realize - that room was going to be
. our man-cave. Us men are having to give up
. a lot, wouldn’t you say!
KERRY Oh please, and just where is our woman-cave?
. Huh? We don’t have any sort of woman-cave-
RON All right! You know, we all are going
. to have to make some sacrifices here.
(MATT groans as he exits to the other side.)
KERRY Well, wait a minute, what do we all have
. to sacrifice?
RON Well, there will be this person and her baby
. living with us.
GINA It’ll be fine!
KERRY Mom! You get all frenzied when Grandma
. stays for more than a week.
GINA But just think about how much we are helping 4
. this girl. She had no other place to go.
. They found her living on the streets.
. (close to tears) I feel like I’m all alone here.
. I’m just trying to do something good, and do
. the right thing, and all I’m hearing about is –
. how wrong it is.
RON I’m sorry. I’m just – trying to bring some
. reality into this thinking.
GINA We’ll be experiencing the reality soon enough.
. But what about the reality of this girl?
. And I know that she “made a mistake” and there
. are consequences, but... we make mistakes too.
. What if we had that attitude toward each other?
. (mockingly) “Oh, you made that mistake –
. now you better pay for that - for the rest
. of your life!” And – what about this baby?
. Should the baby have to live on the streets
. because of someone else’s mistake?
KERRY You’re right. I mean, I would hope that someone
. would do the same for me if I ever needed that...
. (seeing RON’S worried expression)
. NOT that I’m planning to live on the streets.
RON Good, because we have plenty of room right here.
GINA Which is exactly why we are able to help her
. in this way. I don’t want to feel guilty for
. the blessings that God has given. I mean,
. we’re told to share in the ways that we can.
KERRY You’re not expecting me to be friends with her
. and hang out with her, are you?
RON It’s not like she’s going to have a lot of time
. to hang out.
MATT (entering) I made a little toy corner with
. that bookshelf.
GINA Oh, that was sweet of you.
(MATT roles his eyes at the compliment.)
GINA I only expect you to be “friendly” to her. 5
. We’ll show her love and respect, no matter what.
. Even if she has a rough edge to her, you know?
. We’ll just see what comes from that.
KERRY She has a rough edge?
GINA I don’t know. Don’t think that I’m not having
. second thoughts, myself. I’m kind of bracing
. myself for anything. I’m just saying, if she
. DOES, don’t let that fool you. A lot of people
. remain guarded as a defense mechanism.
MATT So how do we know that we can even trust her?
RON The social worker has done some background checks
. and they’ve disclosed the proper information.
GINA It’ll be fine! I’m not saying there won’t be
. any problems; but... it’ll be – just –
. like - having another sister.
MATT And this is supposed to be a good thing?
(KERRY playfully pushes him lightly.)
GINA And just think - we’ll have another baby
. in the house. It’s been so long since
. I’ve held a baby.
KERRY I suppose it’s going to cry and stuff?
RON And stuff! Lots of stuff!
GINA See, another positive thing.
. (notices the weird looks from everyone)
. What? This could provide all of you
. the opportunity to learn how to change diapers.
MATT Ach, so awkward.
KERRY Not to mention, gross!
GINA Come on, let’s finish setting up the room.
. They’ll be coming any minute now.
(ALL exit with the boxes.)