Subject: A monologue by the woman at the well after meeting Jesus.
Style: Dramatic.            Duration: 3 minutes
Actors: 1F



(NOTE: This can be done effectively in modern costume.)

A single spotlight comes up on the woman

Please! You need to listen to me!

I know what you’re thinking. I know what you whisper behind my back. I’ve seen your sidelong glances. You think I’m a prostitute … no … worse than a prostitute.

Five husbands. Living now in sin.

I admit it. I confess! How can I do otherwise? I know my shame. My guilt. I mean, everyone in the village watches me as I go in the heat of the day to draw water for my home.

I’m a sinner. I know this. And I know you know this.

You have no reason to listen to me. I’ve brought it all on myself.

But please listen!

I met a man today. No, not that kind of man nor that kind of meeting.

His name is Jesus. He’s a Jew, and He asked me to draw Him water. He asked me. An outcast. An adulteress … A sinner.

But when He looked at me, I didn’t see any condemnation … like what I see in your eyes. He spoke to me gently. Kindly. Lovingly.

He told me things … things that I’d done. Things that I do now.

Even when He described the travesty that is my life, His voice was filled with compassion.

I’ve never felt such love.

He told me about something He called “living water,” something that would cleanse me and give me eternal life.

I thought He must be a prophet to know all He did, but then He said:

“ … a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.”

I said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

And then He said the most amazing thing: “I am that one … and I am speaking to you now” (CEV, John 4:23-26).

So, please! No matter what you think of me. Please come and meet the Messiah!


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