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TENSION BREAKERS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: tension in relationships
SCRIPTURE: Matt.5:23-24, Eph.4:25-32
Style: drama/conversation: 3 people get to
. the bottom of the tense feelings
. and find that they are all
. because of miscommunication
Cast: PERSON 1, 2, 3, NARRATOR
(PERSON 1 walks in and notices PERSON 2.)
P1 Hey, how’s it going?
(PERSON 2 gives a curt nod and looks away.
PERSON 1 wonders at this, then approaches PERSON 2.)
P1 Say, I’m sensing some tension.
. Have I offended you or hurt you in any way?
P2 Not really.
P1 But something is wrong.
P2 Well, I don’t want to nit-pick.
P1 Really, I want to know.
P2 Well, last Sunday at the fellowship meal,
. you totally ignored me. I just thought
. you would sit with me.
P1 I wanted to sit with you. I looked around
. and couldn’t find you, and figured you
. didn’t stay for the meal. But you saw ME?
P2 Yes. And it looked like you saw me, too.
P1 Wow! No, I didn’t. I wasn’t wearing my glasses.
. Why didn’t you wave at me, or something?
P2 I don’t know. You weren’t wearing
. your contacts?
P1 No, I ripped one of them.
. I have to get another pair.
. Anyway, I’m sorry about that.
P2 No problem. I just thought you
. were mad at me.
P1 If I was angry with you, I’d let you know.
. And if you ever think something like that again,
. why not just come and ask me about it?
. So we’re good?
P2 We’re good. Hey, I’ve got to run.
. See you later... just make sure
. you’re wearing your glasses
. so you can see me.
. Hey - is Terry mad at me?
. She's been acting really snippy.
P1 Ah, you should ask her about it. See you.
(PERSON 1 leaves as PERSON 3 enters.)
(PERSON 2 pretends not to see PERSON 3.
PERSON 3 wonders at this reaction.
PERSON 2 fidgets a few seconds.
PERSON 3 feels uncomfortable and is about to walk away.
PERSON 2 sighs and approaches PERSON 3.)
P2 Hi. Hey, we need to talk.
P2 The other day you did something
. that kind of hurt my feelings.
P3 Oh? What did I do?
P2 Yeah, I was trying to talk with you
. and you just brushed me off –
. like I was scum.
P3 When was this?
P2 Three nights ago... 3
. I bumped into you at the mall.
P3 Oh, yeah. Sorry about that.
. I had just got a phone call
. saying my mom was in the hospital.
. I guess I was still in shock or something.
P2 Well, why didn’t you tell me?
. I could have helped you –
. or at least prayed for your mom and family.
P3 Sorry about that.
P2 No, I should apologize.
. Man, and here I’ve been angry
. at you all for nothing.
. Anyway, right there, I should have
. asked you if something was wrong.
. So how’s your mom doing now?
(PERSON 2 and 3 walk off talking.)
NAR. Tension in a relationship is most often
. due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.
. Deal with the person and the issue
. as soon as possible before it can lead
. to gossip, anger, or bitterness.