ROSE OF SHARON
Music playing softly/IN THE GARDEN
Introduction: In this drama you will see one or more of the spiritual gifts,
But the greatest of these is LOVE. Jesus is love and compassion to all humanity and he shed His blood for all who will believe and accept Him as Savior. So sit back and enjoy as our ladies present this drama.
Debbie (Lydia’s daughter)
Rose (New neighbor)
Flo (Lydia’s friend)
Patio table Bible
Two chairs Fence and gate
Silk rose bush Three crosses in background
Lydia working in her garden and softly humming, “In The Garden.” Rose leaning over fence watching her. Lydia wipes the perspiration from her forehead and walks to her patio and sits down.
Lydia’s patio; she pours herself a cup of coffee.
Rose: Opens the gate to Lydia’s back yard and enters.
Lydia: “Hi, I’ve been wanting to meet you. Sit down and have a cup of coffee
with me.” (She pours 2 cups of coffee.) “Sugar or cream?”
Rose: “Black please. Are you sure you want to be seen with me?”
They sit in silence for a few seconds. Rose thumbs through Lydia’s bible that’s sitting on the table. Lydia ponders over Rose’s question.
Rose: “Do you read this?”
Lydia: “Every morning before I start my day. That’s the only way I can get
through my day. It has become the most important part of my life, and it
answers any questions concerning life.”
Rose: “My mother used to read it, but I haven’t seen one since I left home twenty
Debbie: (Opens Patio door) “Mom, where’s my yellow blouse?”
Lydia: “It’s hanging in the laundry room dear. Debbie, this is Rose our new
Debbie: “Hi Rose. See you later mom.”
Lydia: (Shakes her head and smiles) “I often wander how I made it in this old
world without Jesus, and how others face every day without Him.”
Rose: (Takes a sip of coffee and wipes her mouth with napkin.) “I’ve been out in
the world so long that I think God’s forgotten about me.”
Lydia: “Rose, that’s a beautiful name. You see that wilted rose on that bush?”
(She points to a wilted rose on a bush.) “Our Savior, Jesus Christ was
crushed just like that by His own people when they nailed Him to the
cross. No Rose, He hasn’t forgotten you. It was for you and me that He
willingly died. No grave could hold Him and now He sits at the right hand
of His Father in all His glory so that we might have abundant life. Yes,
that Rose that was crushed, now blooms forever in all His glory.”
Rose: (Tears in her eyes.) “I walk out my front door and all the neighbor women
shake their heads and walk back into their houses full of pride. They don’t
know the loneliness and shame that I carry inside me. This wonderful man
that I married has helped me forget my past.
Lydia: “God knows you’re hurting. I was like Mary Magdalene with the most
religious people crucifying me. Then I met Jesus through a quiet little lady
that smiled a lot. That’s all she had to bless people with. One day she
smiled and told me that Jesus loved me. I couldn’t believe what she told
me, but I’ve been forgiven, and you can be to. Jesus was sinless: yet He
was despised land rejected without cause. You can receive Jesus into your
heart right now and that Rose of Sharon will cause your life to bloom and
shine brighter than the brightest star.” (She reads John 3:16)
(The gate opens and Flo enters) Rose wipes a tear from her cheek and gets up to leave.
Rose: “Thanks for the coffee, Lydia.”
Flo: (a frown on her face.) “What was she doing here?”
Lydia: “She needs a friend, and I feel the least I can do is let Jesus love her
Flo: “Apparently you haven’t heard the kind of woman she was before she
married Mr. Adams.”
Lydia: “Yes, I’ve heard, but I’ve also heard how you crucified me in this
neighborhood. I don’t believe you would do any such thing, cause you’re
a Christian woman, and a faithful church member. Have you ever read
about Mary Magdalene?”
Flo: “Yes, I did Lydia, and I’ve asked Jesus to forgive me, and now I’m asking
your forgiveness also.”
Lydia: “I forgave you the day I met Jesus and I’m sure that our lovely Rose of
Sharon has too.”
Flo: (Stares at Lydia with a puzzled look on her face.) “Huh.”
Lydia: “That’s what I was talking to Rose about. How our risen Savior loved and
forgave the lowliest of human beings, me.”
NARRATOR: Read James 2:8-10
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