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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
Cast:         NARRATOR
.             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?
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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.
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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
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(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