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LIGHT FROM DARKNESS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:       gospel
SCRIPTURE:   Is.9:1-4, 42:6-7, Job 12:22-25, Matt.4:16,
.            John 3:19-21, 8:12, 11:9-10, 2Cor.4:4-6
Style:       allegory/conversation: people have blinders on
.            and are living in darkness,
.            until they become Christians.
.            One goes back to dark side
.            but eventually sees the futility.
Cast:        NARRATOR, PERSON 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Set & Props: black tippy table, black 3-legged stool,
.            black wobbly chair, 4 black cups/mugs,
.            4 black blindfolds that you can see through,
.            1 bright light/lamp,
.            one fancy white or colorful table,
.            2 white or colorful chairs, 4 white cups/mugs
.            (set black furniture on one side of stage,
.            and white furniture on the other)


NARRATOR  2 Corinthians 4:4-6 says, “The god of this age
.         has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that
.         they cannot see the light of the gospel
.         of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

(All wearing blindfolds, PERSON 1-4 enter on the side
with the black furniture.  PERSON 4 trips and bumps into
PERSON 1, who then bumps into PERSON 2.)

PERSON 4  Isn’t life great!

PERSON 1  I don’t know, something seems to be missing.

PERSON 3  Grow up – don’t you know that life
.         is supposed to be a pain?
.         You just have to make the most of it.

PERSON 1  Hey, I think I see a light.
.         (pointing)  Over there.

PERSON 4  You’re just imagining things.

PERSON 2  I think I see it too.
.                                                          2
PERSON 4  Both of you are crazy.

(PERSON 5 enters on the side with the white furniture
and sits down.  Seeing the interest of PERSON 1,
they call over.)

PERSON 5  Hey there, why don’t you join me?

PERSON 1  I think I just heard someone.

PERSON 4  Whatever you do, don’t listen to them!
.         That person’s a complete loser.

PERSON 5  I can see things-

PERSON 4  (to P1)  But they live a boring life.

PERSON 1  I’m going to check it out.

(PERSON 1 goes to the white furniture and stands there.)

PERSON 5  You know, you can choose to see, if you want.

PERSON 1  I can?

PERSON 5  Just remove your blindfold.

PERSON 1  It’s that simple?

PERSON 5  It is.  I speak from experience.

PERSON 1  You lived in the darkness?

PERSON 5  I did, but my life has completely changed
.         since then - for the better.

PERSON 1  I do want to see.

(PERSON 1 removes blindfold and lets it drop to the ground.)

PERSON 1  Wow! I can see.  This is great.
.         This is what was missing.  This is awesome.

PERSON 5  So, sit down and join me.
.         Tell me about yourself

(PERSON 1 sits on the white chair furthest away            3
from the black set.  PERSON 1 and 5 mime a conversation.
PERSON 3 feels around and finds the wobbly black chair.
Sitting down, PERSON 3 then feels for a black cup
and drinks from it.)

PERSON 3  Hey found something to sit on,
.         AND something to drink.

(PERSON 4 feels around and finds a black mug and drinks,
wincing from the bad taste.)

PERSON 4  This is SO awesome!  Whoops, I spilled some.

(PERSON 3 and 4 laugh.  PERSON 2 feels around
for a black cup and drinks.  PERSON 4 takes another drink
while taking a step back, then trips over
the 3-legged stool, laughing.)

PERSON 4  Hey, I found something to sit on, too.

(While still holding the mug, PERSON 4 fumbles around
to set the stool upright and sits on it precariously.)

PERSON 4  Living life on the edge is so cool.
.         (to P1)  You don’t know what you’re missing.

PERSON 1  Actually I do, and I prefer this.

PERSON 2  I think I’m going to try that too.
.         This is getting old.

(PERSON 2 takes off blindfold, steps over to
white furniture and sits down.)

PERSON 2  This IS nice.

PERSON 4  But you’re not over here partying with us.

PERSON 1  We’re still friends with you.

PERSON 3  But WE have something to drink.

PERSON 1  So do we.

(PERSON 1, 2 and 5 drink from white cups.)

PERSON 2  Mm, this is really good.  I mean, this           4
.         is way better than what I had over there.

PERSON 4  So, you think you’re better than us.

PERSON 1  No we don’t.  Why don’t you join us?

PERSON 4  No thank you.  Why don’t you join us?

PERSON 2  Actually, I-I think I WILL just - go over
.         and join them.  Maybe I can convince them
.         that they ARE really missing something.

PERSON 5  You know, it’s just not worth it.

PERSON 2  But maybe if I can show them that I’m still cool,
.         they’ll see that what we have is not so bad.

PERSON 5  How do you figure?  You realize, once you
.         take off your blindfold, you can’t put it back on.

PERSON 2  Why would you say that?

PERSON 5  Look, to go back there and do what you were doing,
.         it’s not going to be the same.
.         You’ll be able to see all the blackness.
.         In fact, it will seem even more hopeless
.         than before.

PERSON 2  I’ll just ignore that part.

PERSON 5  That’s where the big danger comes in.

PERSON 1  She/he’s speaking from experience, you know.
.         Do you really want to go back to that?

PERSON 2  I know what I’m doing.  I can handle it.

PERSON 4  (talking into hands)  Luke, come to the dark side.

(PERSON 3 and 4 laugh.  PERSON 2 joins in the laughter.)

PERSON 2  Whatever.  I’ve been missing out on the fun.
.         (walks to black side)  I’m baaaack.

PERSON 4  All right, party on.

PERSON 2  (drinks from black cup)  Cheers!                 5
.         Ew.  This really doesn’t taste that good.

(PERSON 3 and 4 drink, laugh and wobble in their chairs.
Wobbling so much, 4 falls over, and bumps and
knocks over PERSON 2 in the process.  PERSON 3 laughs.)

PERSON 2  Hey, that hurt.

PERSON 3  Be careful, then.

PERSON 4  Am I supposed to care?

PERSON 2  (stands up & brushes off dirt)
.         You know what?  This isn’t as good
.         as I remembered.  Now that the blindfold
.         has come off, I see it for what it really is.

PERSON 4  Oooo, la-de-dah!

PERSON 3  (to P2)  Really?  Is it that much better?
.         Can I go with you?

PERSON 4  (to P3)  You’re just going to wimp out on me?

PERSON 2  There’s nothing worthwhile here.

PERSON 4  Not true.  I can do whatever I want
.         and no one can see me.

(PERSON 3 takes off blindfold.  PERSON 2 and 3 watch as
PERSON 4 steals all the cups and “sneaks off” with them,
stumbling as he leaves.)

PERSON 4  Losers!

(PERSON 2 and 3 shake their heads sadly,
then join PERSON 1 and 5 on the white side,
shaking hands in introductions, then exit together.)

NARRATOR  Isaiah 42:6-7 says “I, the Lord, have called you
.         in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.
.         I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant
.         for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
.         to open eyes that are blind, to free captives
.         from prison and to release from the dungeon
.         those who sit in darkness.”