Summary: a husband and wife converse about her struggles as they are driving. The characters are actually depicting a conversation between Jesus and the Church without the audience realizing it. After some conversation and reassurance they arrive at the church parking lot and go in. In the 2nd scene, they are getting back into the car after services are over. It’s here that the audience will be let in on the fact that this has really been Jesus and the Church all along. Keywords: Christ, Church, bride.
Style: Drama. Duration: 7min
Actors: 1M, 1F
Husband: the perfect man. After all, this is supposed to be Jesus!
Wife: a good-hearted, woman, struggling to keep life’s demands in balance, a bit exasperated with herself
Scene: husband and wife on their way to church in the car. Husband is driving. Powerpoint pictures on the wall could be of a drive through the city, ending at the church parking lot.
H: Something’s bothering you. You should share it with me.
W: (sighs) You can tell. You can always tell.
H: Wanna talk about it?
W: I Dunno. It’s nothing you’ve done, really. I think it’s more me. I mean, are wives permitted to have a midlife crisis?
H: Honey, you can tell me anything. You know there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you if it would help.
W: I know. You’ve always been so patient with me. Sometimes I wonder if You’re going to give up on me.
H: No way! You’re my precious Bride! I’m committed to you. I’m not going anywhere.
W: Yeah, but there was the incident where I threatened to go back and live with my parents – then there was the thing with the credit cards – then there was the time I…
H: (Interrupting) Hey, we’ve already dealt with all those a long time ago. They’re taken care of. They’re in the past. They’re nothing I even think of anymore.
W: (not sarcastically) What did I do to deserve the perfect husband?
H: (with a smirk) Oh, Honey, I just loved you first and you loved me back! C’mon…tell me what’s weighing on you.
W: I don’t know. It’s like I just can’t figure out who I am anymore. I mean, I know my role and all that. I just can’t seem to get a grip on my priorities.
H: That’s always a struggle. But I know your heart. Talk to Me. It know it will help.
W: Well, like, Karen says I should get a makeover, do something to really pamper myself. The kids seem to think I should spend my time on them – make cookies, take them places, play games with them. You know how much I’ve always loved volunteering down at the shelter, and they say how much they want me there, but then I turn around and see how much I need to take care of things at home. Last Sunday I signed up to read the Bible through in a year. I’m already a week behind! Every time I think I’m doing something right it feels like I’ve failed at something else I was supposed to do. I feel so scattered. Everything keeps changing.
H: You know, being a wife and mom is a bigger job than most people realize – probably bigger than you realized when you signed up for it. And you’re right…You’re always having to adapt because life’s always changing.
W: Yeah, but You’re not. You’ve always been my Rock, and look at me - I’m a basket case.
H: Honey, don’t give up! I think what you need is some way to sort through your priorities and then keep them in front of you. That way, when everyone starts telling you what you’re supposed to do, you can have something to go back to. You won’t feel so pushed around. Hey, look, we’re here! (pulling into church parking lot) Remember, the sermon today is supposed to be about vision. It’s just what you need to hear. It’ll help. Let’s go!
(both get out of car to go into church building)
Scene 2 – in the car again, getting ready to drive home from church.
H: Well, did you get some things thought through?
W: Yeah! Having a vision out in front of me will really help. I guess I never realized how easy it is to get out of balance, but how easy it can be to fix it. Everyone has so many opinions about what I should be.
H: Yes, they have for 2000 years, and they always will. But the opinion that counts is what I want My Church to be, not everyone else. You just keep focused on being what I’ve designed you to be. It can be a lot of work, but I’m there to help you. You’re going to be radiant, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish. You’re My bride, not someone else’s.
W: So, all I have to be is what YOU want me to be. That makes sense. After all, Lord, it was You Who gave yourself up for me. (pauses) Thanks for not giving up on me, Jesus.
H: Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.