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WOMEN OF ALL AGES – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: at any age and stage, women need Jesus
SCRIPTURE: Mt.11:28-30; Luke 12:6-7; 2 Cor.1:2-5;
. Eph.1:18;3:14-19;4:2-3;5:22; Titus 2:7-8;
. Heb.4:15-16; James 1:5; 1 John 1:8-9
Style: drama/conversation: women of all ages
. take turns describing their situations
. and feelings followed by a Bible verse
. for guidance
. LORI (child, problems at school & home)
. TERRI (teen, dealing with gossiping)
. NANCY (20s, just lost a baby)
. STACY (30, has a job interview)
. CANDICE (30s, raising kids on her own)
. MARLA (40s, in an abusive marriage)
. PETRA (50, still single)
. BETTY (60s, her cancer is back)
. ELSA (70s, weary of life)
Set & Props: Bible, hanky or tissue
NOTE: you can choose to do one or a selection
. of characters and their issues
(NARRATOR stands to the side and a little to the back.
LORI enters and walks to the center.)
LORI My name is Lori. And nobody loves me.
. Well, that’s what it feels like, anyway.
. Everybody at school ignores me, my brother and
. sister ignore me, even Mom and Dad ignore me.
. If anybody actually liked me, they wouldn’t
. do that, right? Doesn’t anybody care?
. If I ran away, would anybody even notice?
. I’ve heard that Jesus loves everybody so much
. that He died for all our sins. But I’m just
. a kid. Why would He care about a little kid?
. Why would Jesus even bother to care about
. my feelings and my tiny problems, when there
. are so many big problems in the world?
. It would be so nice to feel special.
. (perks her head up to listen to NARRATOR)
NARRATOR “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? 2
. Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are
. all numbered. Do not fear; you are more
. valuable than MANY sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
(LORI smiles subtly and skips off. TERRI enters
and stops with hands on her hips.)
TERRI Name’s Terri. Some kids call me Terrible Terri.
. So, yeah, things could definitely be better.
. But don’t give me any advice. I just don’t
. care anymore. I’m just angry and I just want
. to stay angry. And - I want to get even.
. (runs a pointed finger along an imaginary line)
. I want all those girls to pay for all the things
. that they’re saying about me. They’re liars,
. and a bunch of losers. I should start spreading
. lies about them. And maybe I have already.
. That would teach those gossipers. People are
. so wishy-washy. So if they want to be mean
. to me, I’m going to be mean right back.
. What do I care? It’s not my fault they started
. it all. So what do you say about that?
NARRATOR “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving
. ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we
. confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous
. to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from
. all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
(TERRI exits, thoughtfully. NANCY enters, downcast.)
NANCY My name is Nancy. My husband’s name is Sheldon.
. We had been married for seven and a half years
. when we found out that I was expecting. It was
. like our perfect marriage was going to become
. even better with the little addition. We were
. both so deliriously happy when Adam Thomas
. Jamison was born. He was like a gift from God.
. But three months later – crib death had taken
. him away from us. And even after a year, the
. hurt is still unbearable. This has not been
. easy on our marriage either. I keep hearing
. about a loving God, but I just want to know why
. God would allow this sort of thing to happen?
. Are there any answers, or comfort to be found?
NARRATOR “Grace to you and peace from God our Father
. and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be
. the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
. the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
. who comforts us in all our affliction
. so that we will be able to comfort those
. who are in any affliction with the comfort
. with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours
. in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant
. through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:2-5
(NANCY exits while STACY rushes on.)
STACY So, I’m Stacy, and I have this big job
. interview coming up and I’m really stressing.
. It’s the job that I really want, but there’s
. so much competition these days. I probably
. won’t get it anyway, so why should I even
. stress, right? I’m just being practical.
. I just don’t want to set myself up for yet
. another major disappointment. I’m such a loser.
. I don’t know. A little while ago, I decided
. to trust in God. Is that just for my salvation,
. or is it for this sort of stuff too?
. I mean, isn’t this kind of a selfish thing?
. Would God even listen to my request on this?
. You know, because it’s something that I want,
. not necessarily what I need. Or if I asked God,
. would I just get the job? Or do I have to
. depend on myself, try my best to fake
. confidence, and maybe exaggerate a tiny bit
. about my job experience. Huh! That’s so
. very tempting. Would that be so wrong?
NARRATOR “We do not have a high priest who cannot
. sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who
. has been tempted in all things as we are,
. yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near
. with confidence to the throne of grace,
. so that we may receive mercy and find grace
. to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
(STACY nods with understanding and exits
as CANDICE enters.)
CANDICE I’m Candice and I desperately need some 4
. advice, but I can only spare a few minutes here.
. I’ve got to rush and pick up the kids from their
. music lessons to get them to their soccer games,
. then, get all my errands done in between that.
. There’s too much to do. I just can’t do this
. on my own. Everything’s so chaotic and the kids
. refuse to cooperate. Now, I’ve done all those
. other things, like: (uses fingers to count)
. disciplining, trying to be consistent, staying
. organized, showing them love – I kiss the kids
. every night and say “I love you”-blah-blah-blah.
. I’m thinking it’s patience that I need. If only
. the kids would obey me when I tell them to do
. something, or not to do something. Why can’t I
. control them? What am I doing wrong? They make
. me so mad with all their many stupid mistakes.
. They constantly fight with me and each other.
. It’s driving me crazy. Although, I make some
. pretty stupendous mistakes myself, but that’s
. pretty easy to do without a husband in the
. picture. (quick sigh) What in the world do I do?
NARRATOR“With all humility and gentleness, with patience,
. showing tolerance for one another in love,
. being diligent to preserve the unity of the
. Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3
CANDICE Ahhh, sure, but what does that really mean?
NARRATOR “In all things show yourself to be an EXAMPLE
. of good deeds, with purity in doctrine,
. dignified, sound in speech which is beyond
. reproach...” Titus 2:7-8
(Wide-eyed, CANDICE exits and MARLA enters nervously.)
MARLA I’m, ah, my name is Marla. And I’m - okay.
. I’m really just fine, doing good. You know,
. I know that I can’t complain. My husband has
. never really hit me, per se, you know,
. he’s never been physically abusive like THAT.
. It’s always just been really more verbal stuff.
. But I actually really deserve everything
. he says, because, it’s pretty much all true.
. And I can’t really say anything, right? I’m
. supposed to be submissive, whatever that means.
NARRATOR “Wives, submit to your own husbands –
. AS TO THE LORD.” Ephesians 5:22
MARLA So, only if it doesn’t go against God’s words?
. I suppose it doesn’t say anywhere that husbands
. are to MAKE their wives submit. But, what do
. I do? How do I talk to my husband about this?
. I’m so scared and beaten down. I have no idea
. who I am anymore, or what I should do.
NARRATOR “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him
. ask of God, who gives to all generously and
. without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
. James 1:5
(MARLA nods with a little more energy, then exits,
while PETRA enters insecurely.)
PETRA I’m Petra, perhaps you’ve heard of me. Most
. people ask OTHER people how they’re doing.
. Me? They like to ask me, “So Petra, are you
. STILL single? Anyone in your life yet? Like
. a boyfriend?” I suppose being single is better
. than being in a bad relationship. Yet still,
. I feel incomplete somehow? Unfulfilled. I do
. have a great career working with kids, my family
. is there for me, for the most part, when they’re
. not too busy with their spouses and kids. But
. most people avoid me like I have a disease, so
. I keep thinking – if only I had a husband – all
. my problems would be solved. I feel so empty.
NARRATOR “For this reason I bow my knees before
. the Father, from whom every family in heaven
. and on earth is named, that according to
. the riches of His glory He may grant you
. to be strengthened with power through
. His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ
. may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you,
. being rooted and grounded in love, may have
. strength to comprehend with all the saints
. what is the breadth and length and height
. and depth, and to know the love of Christ
. that surpasses knowledge, that you may
. be filled with all the fullness of God.”
. Ephesians 3:14-19
(PETRA stops to think a moment, nods with understand,
then exits while BETTY enters.)
BETTY My name is Betty. I am a cancer survivor
. of eleven years. But, I just got the results
. of my yearly checkup... It doesn’t look good.
. I know, I’ve lived a jam-packed and long life,
. but I’m not ready to go yet. And I’m afraid.
. I am really afraid. Terrified, in fact!
. And I don’t see any hope at all. I just don’t
. know what is waiting for me on the other side –
. if there even IS one.
NARRATOR “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be
. enlightened, so that you will know what is
. the hope of His calling, what are the riches
. of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”
. Ephesians 1:18
(BETTY puts her hands in a praying position to think,
then exits, while ELSA enters.)
ELSA I’m Elsa. I’ve been alive for many, many years.
. And I still do not have all the answers.
. Very few in fact. Lots of experience, yes!
. And from all of that - I am very tired. I feel
. so tired, but I don’t really like to admit that.
. And I certainly don’t like to complain about
. all my aches and pains. It can be very
. difficult to move without wincing a tiny bit,
. but I really try hard not to. I know most
. people don’t want to hear about it.
. Probably more because - they don’t want to be
. reminded that one day they too will be older.
. So I try to keep it all inside, hoping that,
. besides my doctor, maybe I’ll meet someone
. who cares and can offer some sort of relief,
. or an answer to this great puzzle of life.
NARRATOR “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
. and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you
. and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble
. in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
. Matthew 11:28-30