Prepare For It
by Janice S Ramkissoon
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The following is a marriage piece you can develop as a mini play/skit. It can also be used as discussion points in a marriage seminar/workshop or in a parenting group for couples just starting out as parents. If you choose to develop it as a mini-play/skit please view it as the raw material and not the end result. Allow yourself to be creative with your opening scene by adding your special touch.
Maria: What’s wrong honey? You’ve not been yourself lately.
Greg: Nothing’s the same…you’ve changed
Greg: Well, you’re not the same. When I married you, you were…., now you….
Maria: “I beg your pardon! I never promised you a rose garden. Along with the sunshine, there’s got to be a little rain sometimes….”
Greg: See what a mean! We can’t even have a proper conversation. I’m talking to you - you burst out singing…
Maria: That was my reply. Seems you didn’t get the meaning of those vows you made. So let me refresh your mind:
“For better, for worst”
You should have made up your mind that regardless of what changes may later come you would willingly stick with it. It was never promised that it was going to be smooth sailing and so preparing for the rough days were always a necessity.
“For richer, for poorer”
Yes, that was preparing you for the now. We are struggling financially but we knew this would come once the house and the children came – Don’t think I don’t feel your pain…
Greg: You know what! You’re just trying to make excuses for your short comings – I’m outta here…
[Husband laying on the sofa after a hard day’s work. He turns the pages of the newspaper. He reads, shakes his head, then switches on the T.V. The sound of a crying baby travels down the stairs…]
Maria: Honey can you see what’s wrong please, I’m just finishing off in here [Kitchen]
Greg: Can’t a man have some peace in his own house?
[Greg gets up and storms through the door, hearing the door, Maria reaches for the dishcloth to dry her hands, leaving the rest of the dishes in the sink]
Maria: I wish he would help out some of the times. It seems as if this baby is only mine.
[Maria changed, fed and comforted the baby, putting him/her back to sleep. Two hours had passed since and she had forgotten the dishes. She headed straight to the bathroom to have a shower. While in the shower, she heard a loud bang – it was the slamming of the front door]
What happened to change the tone of the conversation?
How could Greg have responded in getting his point across without blaming Maria?
What happens next: Will Maria face the wrath or her husband?
Will Maria develop an unhealthy fear of her husband?
Will it get verbally or physically abusive?
What can be done to help Greg deal with being a new father?
How can we (as a group) help Greg to control his anger, releasing it in a healthy way?
What strategies can be put in place to help Greg become the leader God called him to be in his home?
How can Maria be empowered in her role of being a caring, nurturing mother and a submissive wife?
The questions outlined above would need to be answered from a biblical perspective, if you choose to develop this piece as a play or if you so desire to invest in marriages within your fellowship through marriage workshops/seminars. These are questions to think about and discuss in your groups if you decide to use this material as part of a discussion forum. You would also need to provide relevant resources for the attendees.
Copyright 2013 J.S.Ramkissoon
I wrote this piece in September 2006, with the intention of developing it as a play or using the material to write a marriage article. It sat in my ideas box for seven years but I came across it today, believing that God would have me share it with you so that you can take it to the next point on its journey. Our lights are to shine so that others may see Christ in us. We want our heavenly Father to be glorified as we use and develop our gifts. Let us not be like the servant with the one talent who hid his talent instead of investing it so that his master can get an increase on his investment. See you in the Vineyard brothers and sisters! Let’s keep working together towards Kingdom growth.
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