a short drama dealing with the question of suffering and faith, and the difficulty in seeing God’s presence in the midst of hardship.
Keywords: suffering, faith, anger, prayer, support, hardship, pain, illness, counseling
Bible Reference: Galatians 6:2
Cast: Two adult males, ages 30-50:
Set: A hospital waiting room: plastic chairs, small table, “Intensive Care” sign.
Special effects: None
Props: Bible for Mike, telephone & flowers (on small table)
Costumes: Normal street clothes
The play was written for a church that was starting a Stephen Ministry initiative, in order to introduce the congregation to the program, but it can be utilized to represent any church/ministry which provides Christian counseling.
Time: 7 minutes
Sample of script:
BEN sits in a chair, look of anxiety. MIKE, carrying Bible, enters hurriedly, approaches Ben.
Ben: Hey, Mike. Thanks for coming.
Mike: Are you kidding? I left as soon as I got your message. How's Kyle?
Ben: Still in a coma. Katy and her mom are in there with him. They only allow two at a time.
Mike: I don't understand. He was doing so well.
Ben: I know. He was responding to the treatment, doctor even said he was in remission. Then all of a sudden...
Mike, opening Bible:
Here, let's say a prayer. I found a passage in Luke that I think will--
Ben: With all due respect, Mike, I'd rather not.
Ben: I'd really rather not pray, if that's okay. It doesn't seem to be doing any good, anyhow.
Mike: Come on, Ben, you don't mean that.
Ben: Don't I? (gesturing offstage) My son is in there dying of some stupid disease I can't even pronounce, and God doesn't seem to care a bit! I keep racking my brain, trying to figure out what he might have done.
Ben: Kyle. I mean, he's only eleven years old. What evil can an eleven year-old accomplish, anyway? The worst he's ever done is skip his homework. Surely that can't be enough to make God this angry.
Mike: Ben, you can't be serious. Kyle didn't do anything evil.
Ben: Then it must have been me. I don't get it. I've tried my best to be a good father, a good husband. I'm faithful to Katy, I don't abuse her or Kyle. Maybe it was back when I was in college. I smoked a lot of pot back then, slept around a lot. (a beat) I guess it's finally catching up with me.
Mike: Ben, this isn't a punishment. God doesn't take vengeance on a father by hurting his son.
Ben: He did it to David.
Ben: He killed David's baby, remember? After David slept with Bathsheba. (gesturing to Mike’s Bible) It's right there in the Bible!
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