Monday, February 15, 2010

The Charlie McCarthy Home for Retired Puppets

Scripture Reference: Numbers 13-14, Mark 13:11

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. - Mark 13:11A lesson in trusting God.

D.B. – a good albeit not very bright bunny
MR. MIKE – the teacher who sets him straight


(MR. MIKE is on stage.)

D.B.: (looking back over his shoulder, out of breath, agitated) Phew! I think I got away!

MR. MIKE: D.B., what's the matter? Where have you been?

D.B.: I went to The Charlie McCarthy Home for Retired Puppets this morning…

MR. MIKE: The Charlie McCarthy Home for Retired Puppets?

D.B.: You know. Where puppets go when they get old. I went there to spread some Valentine cheer. You know what they say: You are no bunny until some bunny loves you.

MR. MIKE: And I guess you are that bunny. You are kinda like the Valentine Bunny.

D.B.: Mr. Mike! There is no Valentine Bunny.

MR. MIKE: I know. I was just…

D.B.: It is the Easter Bunny.

MR. MIKE: I realize that, but…

D.B.: There is no cute furry animal for Valentine's Day.

MR. MIKE: It was just a little joke. (holds up thumb and forefinger apart about an inch to indicate a small amount)

D.B.: Jokes that small should not be our on their own.

MR. MIKE: I guess not. So why are you so upset?

D.B.: (becoming agitated again) It was a terrifying experience. The place was full of giants.

MR. MIKE: Giants?!? (glaring)

D.B.: They were huge and… They were so big that… I felt like I was a teeny weeny little… No, there were no giants.

MR. MIKE: I didn't think so.

D.B.: But it was still scary.

MR. MIKE: How was it so scary?

D.B.: They were all… worn. They had bare patches in their fur. Their stuffing was not all where it is suppose to be. And…

MR. MIKE: And?

D.B.: (quietly) And they smelled kind of funny.

MR. MIKE: D.B.!!

D.B.: Well, they did. They smelled like mothballs.

MR. MIKE: That's no reason to be scared. They've had a long life and have earned of those worn patches.

D.B.: I suppose.

MR. MIKE: And they probably feel a little lonely in the, the…

D.B.: The Charlie McCarthy Home for Retired Puppets.

MR. MIKE: Exactly. If God has called you to serve there, you have to trust him that you will be okay.

D.B.: But what will I say to them? Can I ask them what it was like to around when there were dinosaurs?

MR. MIKE: They aren't that old!

D.B.: Oh.

MR. MIKE: Just talk to them. Say hi. Ask them how they are doing.

D.B.: And tell them that Jesus loves them?

MR. MIKE: Exactly. And they might just like to have someone listen to them. Can you do that, D.B.?

D.B.: Of course I can. I have big bunny ears which are great for listening.

MR. MIKE: So are you ready to give it another try?

D.B.: I sure am. I am going there now.

MR. MIKE: Just trust God to take care of things.

D.B.: I will. Bye, Mr. Mike.

MR. MIKE: Bye, D.B.

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