Scripture Reference: Ecclesiastes
A skit illustrating that life is empty without God.
OZZIE – an excitable little monster
SQUIGGLY – Ozzie’s pet worm (all of Squiggly’s lines are “said” with a kazoo)
MR. MATT – the teacher who sets him straight
THE PUPPETEER – the one who brings life to the puppets
(As MR. MATT ends prayer time, OZZIE is lying on stage motionless.)
MR. MATT: Good morning, Ozzie. How are you doing?
MR. MATT: Ozzie?
MR. MATT: Ozzie!
MR. MATT: Are you OK, Ozzie?
MR. MATT: (walks over and shakes OZZIE knocking him to the ground) What in the…? (stares at ground in shock)
SQUIGGLY: (enters) Yoohoo!
MR. MATT: Oh. Hey, Squiggly. (glancing at OZZIE) What’s wrong with Ozzie?
SQUIGGLY: (gives a long unintelligible answer; MR. MATT peppers in Yeah’s and Uh-huh’s like he understands)
MR. MATT: Why in the world would Ozzie think he could do anything without the puppeteer?
SQUIGGLY: I don’t know.
MR. MATT: He’s a puppet. He should know he has no life without the puppeteer.
MR. MATT: That’s right. He’s just a lump of fabric without the hand of the puppeteer.
MR. MATT: I’m sure the puppeteer would be happy to give Ozzie another chance. Would you take Ozzie to him?
(MR. MATT picks up OZZIE and passes him into the puppet stage; SQUIGGLY exits)
SQUIGGLY: (speaks offstage)
PUPPETEER: (offstage) Of course, I would, but it’s really up to Ozzie. Ozzie, do want my life in you?
OZZIE: (offstage) Yes, sir. (after a beat, OZZIE enters full of life and with a paroxysm) That’s much better!
MR. MATT: Glad to see you back to your old self, Ozzie.
OZZIE: Me too, Mr. Matt.
MR. MATT: I hope you’ve learned your lesson.
OZZIE: And how! I was such a silly little monster. I know now that I need the hand of the puppeteer to give me life.
MR. MATT: And you’re very blessed that he was willing to give you a second chance.
OZZIE: Yeah, he’s a swell guy that way. There’s just one thing I want to know. Whose hand gives life to the puppeteer?
MR. MATT: (gets ready to say “Ozzie!” then realizes that it’s a good question) You know, that’s a very good question, Ozzie.
OZZIE: Of course it is. Adios!
MR. MATT: Bye, Ozzie.