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QUEST FOR HEALING – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: seeking Jesus’ healing at all costs
SCRIPTURE: Lev.15:19-33; Mt.9:19-21; Mk.5:24-26;
Style: drama/conversation: while being separated
. in the “tent”, Elora, a woman who
. has been hemorrhaging for years,
. hears about how Jesus can heal,
. and decides to seek Him out
. despite the laws and many dangers
Cast: ANNA (young teen); BATIA; ELORA
Set & Props: either benches with blankets over them,
. or hay bales to sit on
(ELORA lies on the floor with her back turned away.
BATIA sits in a corner and notices ANNA timidly entering
the tent. ANNA looks around shy with a nod, then sits.)
BATIA Hello. My name is Batia.
. You must be new to the area.
ANNA I’m here visiting relatives. But I did not
. expect to be - “visiting” – the tent.
BATIA This is your very first time - visiting a tent?
. Ah, what did you say your name was?
ANNA Oh, I didn’t. My name is Anna.
. And – yes, it is my very first time.
BATIA Well, no reason to be ashamed.
. This happens every month.
ANNA I just do not understand why we have to
. do all of this. Why are we even called –
. unclean – during this time.
BATIA Ah, well, there are many other things
. also considered unclean.
. It is the state of the world.
. As I understand it, God is holy.
. And we must recognize and remember that.
ANNA I fail to understand.
BATIA We cannot go before God in an unclean state.
. Anything related to death – is unclean to God.
. And when we have this time of month,
. what is leaving the body is something dying.
. There is a death.
ANNA So weird.
BATIA So we are to take this time to remember
. how much God has done for us –
. even though we are unclean people. All of us.
ANNA Maybe one day God will do something so
. we can always be considered clean before Him.
BATIA Well, until such a day, we do this.
ANNA So it is a time of reflection. Does God think
. women need a longer time to reflect?
BATIA Perhaps God is also letting us enjoy some
. girl-time? I like to consider this a tiny
. vacation from all my housework and children.
. Do not get me wrong, I love my children.
. It’s just - when I return home after my week,
. they love me that much more.
(ELORA groans. ANNA notices this.)
ANNA (to BATIA) Oh, I did not notice her there.
. Is she okay?
BATIA Who, Elora? (shaking her head and leaning in)
. It’s a very, very sad story, really.
. She is in a very bad way.
. She has been hemorrhaging for twelve years.
ANNA She has had her monthlies for twelve years?!
BATIA Well, something like that. Doctors have tried
. to figure it all out. And they’ve DONE stuff
. to her. Sounds more like they tortured her
. and only made it worse... Poor dear,
. I don’t know how much longer she will last.
ELORA (struggles to turn around) I’m not dead yet...
. (to ANNA) Hello, dear.
ANNA Is there anything – uh - I can do?
ELORA Oh, yes, I’d – love to hear –
. what is happening. What news do you have?
ANNA What sort of news did you want?
ELORA Anything... I never leave the tent.
. So any news lets me feel like
. I’m still part of the community.
BATIA I’ve caught her up with all the latest gossip –
. Unless you know Maris – is there anything more
. about her spat with her neighbor?
ANNA Sorry, I-I have not met her yet.
. (then thinking) There is a Man called Jesus.
. Some people say that He is our Messiah.
. Our Savior.
BATIA Ah, boring. Man’s talk.
ANNA It’s not boring. He has a life-changing
. message that He preaches... to everyone,
. men AND women.
BATIA I hear that’s causing quite a stir,
. especially since He has had conversations
. with women - in public.
BATIA Even with a SAMARITAN woman, no less...
. I’d say He sounds like a man
. who should not be trusted.
ANNA He doesn’t speak to them THAT way.
BATIA Oh? You have heard Him speak?
ANNA I have. And He does miracles.
ELORA What - kind of miracles?
ANNA I heard He changed water to wine. And –
. He has healed people. Lots of people.
(ELORA tries to sit up, showing keen interest.)
ELORA What sort of things can He heal?
ANNA I-I suppose – He can heal anything.
BATIA (observes the slight hope in ELORA’S eyes)
. Well, even if He CAN heal you –
. you are unclean. How would you get to Him?
. You must remain here separated from everyone.
(ELORA lays down again, thinking. ANNA looks sad.)
ANNA It’s too bad men cannot come here.
BATIA Utterly hopeless, so just forget about it.
. Besides, I think this sort of talk is dangerous.
. I believe that Jesus is a dangerous man.
. From what I hear, He is upsetting everyone.
. We are not even sure where His powers
. actually come from.
ANNA Well, when He speaks, all He speaks about
. is God. And the way Jesus speaks about God,
. it is very obvious that He is very close to God.
. And I believe –His powers come ONLY from God.
BATIA It could be a trick.
ANNA I do not know how someone could pull off
. such an elaborate trick. Besides,
. the love that Jesus has for the people –
. is very overwhelming.
. And so many people are willing
. to put themselves in danger for this Man.
. Isn’t THAT interesting?
BATIA (sarcastically) Yes-yes, very – interesting.
ELORA Then I will go.
BATIA Elora, you cannot. They could stone you
. for disobeying the laws.
ELORA I must go.
BATIA You are unclean. You will get into trouble.
ELORA What trouble is worse than this?
(ELORA gets up and struggles to move to the exit.)
BATIA But look, the strain on your body when you walk-
. it will only make your bleeding worse.
. You could DIE just in your efforts to reach Him.
ELORA Jesus - is my ONLY hope to be healed.
. And I will do anything - TRY anything –
. to reach Him.
ANNA Yes. He IS your only hope.
(As ANNA helps ELORA leave the tent, BATIA frets.)
BATIA But this is just the way things are,
. and have always been - you are leaving
. while you are still unclean.
ELORA BECAUSE I am unclean – I must see Jesus.
BATIA This - this will end very badly, I fear.
. You don’t even know if Jesus CAN heal you.
ELORA I have faith that Jesus can.
. I know that He can. All I need to do
. is make the effort to see Him.
ANNA I will pray that you will make it to Him.
ELORA Thank you, dear. (exits)
ANNA (faces BATIA) What?
BATIA What madness! Why would she even THINK
. about doing this?
ANNA Maybe if you saw YOUR need for Jesus,
. you would do whatever it takes to see Him.