By John McNeil
A dramatisation of Luke 8:40-56
Two narrators (who have the only speaking parts. The following characters mime their parts to fit the narration.)
Somewhere on the road to Jerusalem.
Narr. 1: There was once a man named Jairus.
Narr. 2: A kind man...
Narr. 1: An upright man...
Narr. 2: A pastor in his local church.
Narr. 1: A family man...
Narr. 2: Everyone loved him...
Narr. 1: Especially his wife...
Narr 2: and his daughter.
Narr. 1: We don't see them again for a while...
Narr 2: (To wife and daughter) So you can go now. (They exit)
Narr. 1: Normally., Jairus has a few problems...
Narr 2: But today he's a worried man.
Narr. 1: His daughter...
Narr 2: ...the light of his life...
Narr. 1: ...is sick.
Narr 2: Not just sick, very sick.
Narr. 1: At the point of death...
Narr 2: And Jairus is worried.
Narr. 1: Frantic. He's called in the doctor...
Narr 2: ...and he's called in the specialist...
Narr. 1: ...and he's called in the pediatrician...
Narr 2: ...and even the elders of the church, who prayed for her.
Narr. 1: But all to no avail.
Narr. 2: The doctors are just getting richer...
Narr 1: She's steadily getting worse.
Narr. 2: But then Jairus hears that Jesus is in town.
Narr 1: So Jairus goes to Jesus, who's surrounded by a great crowd. He can hardly get near for the press...
Narr. 2: ...and we know how the Press get in the way.
Narr 1: But Jairus pushes his way through...
Narr. 2: ...and he falls at Jesus' feet.
Narr 1: "Jesus",
Narr. 2: He says.
Narr 1: "My little girl is dying. Please help me. No-one else can do a thing. But if you come and lay hands on her, I know she'll get well again."
Narr. 2: That was a long speech.
Narr 1: But very necessary.
Narr. 2: This is an emergency.
Narr 1: A crisis.
Narr. 2: So obviously the last thing we need right now is another diversion.
Narr 1: But you know the old saying...
Narr. 2: Which he's just made up...
Narr 1: "In every crowd there is a crisis."
Narr. 2: And wouldn't you believe it, here it comes on cue.
Narr 1: There was a woman.
Narr. 2: A desparate woman.
Narr 1: At the end of her tether.
Narr. 2: About to let go, in fact.
Narr 1: She's been haemorrhaging...
Narr. 2: ...Haemo...whaterring?
Narr 1: Haemorrhaging. It means bleeding badly.
Narr. 2: Please don't use big words.
Narr 1: Big problem!
Narr 1: This bleeding has been going on for a long time.
Narr. 2: For 12 years in fact.
Narr 1: She's been to doctor after doctor...
Narr. 2: ...who did nothing but bleed her of her money.
Narr 1: She's been to the specialist...
Narr. 2: ...who wrote a scientific paper on her rare condition.
Narr 1: She's been to the psychiatrist...
Narr. 2: ...who told her it was due to her high stress levels.
Narr 1: She's suffered more from the doctors than from the disease.
Narr. 2: But one day she hears about Jesus, and she's off like a shot to see him.
Narr 1: She beats Jairus by a country mile, and pushes her way through the crowd.
Narr. 2: She has even less time for the Press.
Narr 1: She thinks, 'Even if I can just touch his clothes, I'll be healed.'
Narr. 2: She does.
Narr 1: And she is.
Narr. 2: And Jesus, in all that crowd, knows something special has happened.
Narr 1: "Who touched me? he asks.
Narr. 2: Good grief, it could have been anyone.
Narr 1: But the woman knows it was her.
Narr. 2: And she comes back....
Narr 1: ....and shaking with all that's happened, tells him her story.
Narr. 2: Jesus looks kindly at her.
Narr 1: "Woman," he says...
Narr. 2: "... because you had that much faith in me, you are completely healed."
Narr 1: Unfortunately, all this sub-plot has taken a long time - too long for Jairus...
Narr. 2: ...who's been hopping from one leg to the other in frustration.
Narr 1: Sick with worry about his daughter.
Narr. 2: Too late, I'm afraid.
Narr 1: Too late?
Narr. 2: Too late. Look, here come Jairus's servants....
Narr 1: ....and it doesn't look like good news.
Narr. 2: "The girl is dead," they say.
Narr. 1: "Died while we were waiting for you to fetch Jesus.
Narr. 2: "There's no point in bothering him any longer.
Narr. 1: "Come home. There's a funeral to arrange."
Narr. 2: Cheerful chappies.
Narr. 1: Only one thing they forget.
Narr. 2: The flowers?
Narr. 1: Jesus.
Narr. 2: He ignored them.
Narr. 1: He said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
Narr. 2: And this time, without any delays, he goes off.
Narr. 1: Stage left.
Narr. 2: What a scene when he gets to Jairus's home.
Narr. 1: Rent-a-crowd is there....
Narr. 2: ...weeping and wailing....
Narr. 1: ...a right carry-on.
Narr. 2: Jesus is not very impressed.
Narr. 1: "Why are you making all this racket?" he asks. "The girl's not dead - she's just having her afternoon nap."
Narr. 2: They all stare open-mouthed at him.
Narr. 1: And then they laugh, and jeer.
Narr. 2: "Who do you think you are? God or something?"
Narr. 1: Jesus starts getting a bit annoyed.
Narr. 2: He shoves them all outside....
Narr. 1: ....but gently takes mum and dad in to the girl's room.
Narr. 2: "Hey, Tabitha!" he calls.
Narr. 1: That's her name.
Narr. 2: "Time to get up. A girl your age should be out playing, instead of sleeping all afternoon."
Narr. 1: And Jesus takes her by the hand...
Narr. 2: ...and lifts her up.
Narr. 1: She blinks, and says...
Narr. 2: "What's for tea?"
Narr. 1: And Dad says...
Narr. 2: "All manna of things."
Narr. 1: Which goes to show...
Narr. 2: ...Bible puns are nothing new.
© John McNeil 1992
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