Monday, May 16, 2011

Happily Ever After

Scripture Reference: Many troublesome thoughts which disquiet our minds, rise from mistakes concerning Christ. - Matthew HenryLuke 24:13-35

A lesson about the nature of Jesus.


DILLY – a southern fried chicken who doesn’t always get things straight

MR. MATT– the teacher who sets her straight


(MR. MATT is on stage.)

DILLY: Hi, Mr. Matt. How y'all doin'?

MR. MATT: Hi, dilly. I'm doing well. How are you?

DILLY: I'm finer than frog hair.

MR. MATT: I understand you were reading the Bible for Easter. How's it going?

DILLY: Oh, I had to stop before they killed Jesus.

MR. MATT: Why?

DILLY: 'Cause that's sadder than a dog without a nose.

MR. MATT: But you can't stop reading there.

DILLY: I most assuredly can. I don't do tragedy. I do the same thing in movies.

MR. MATT: What do you mean?

DILLY: When it looks like a movie is going to be a tragedy, I stop watching and make up my own ending.

MR. MATT: Like what?

DILLY: In my version of Old Yeller, the dog has a full recovery, he lives to a ripe old age, and they all live happily ever after.

MR. MATT: Dilly...

DILLY: And in my version of Titanic, the ship misses the ice berg, they make it to New York City, and they all live happily ever after.

MR. MATT: But that's not what happened.

DILLY: And in my version of Chicken Run, ...

MR. MATT: Wait. Chicken Run wasn't a tragedy.

DILLY: I know, but in my version Rocky Rhodes doesn't marry Ginger.

MR. MATT: Why not?

DILLY: Because he marries me, and we live happily ever after. That Rocky is handsomer than a timber wolf in a sport coat.

MR. MATT: I'm not even sure what that means, but you should watch the whole movie.

DILLY: I told you, I don't do tragedy. That's why I had to stop reading the Easter story in the Bible.

MR. MATT: That's what I was trying to tell you. That story is not a tragedy.

DILLY: I don't know how you define tragedy, Mr. Matt, but havin' the snot beat out of you and being murdered on a cross certainly sounds like a tragedy to me.

MR. MATT: I agree that those are horrible things, but that's not the end of the story.

DILLY: He was deader than a doornail. How can that not be the end of the story?

MR. MATT: Because he rose from the tomb three days later.

DILLY: Do go on.

MR. MATT: It's true. Most of Jesus' followers didn't believe it either, but he rose just as he said he would and just as it was prophesied in the Old Testament.

DILLY: Well, don't that just pepper my gumbo. Not finishing the story was a foolish has yankin' a dog's ear. (excited) I must go directly and finish the story. (exits quickly)

MR. MATT: (stares at stage surprised at Dilly’s sudden departure)

DILLY: (reappears) I almost forgot – bye, y’all! (exits)

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