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Wisdom From Women Who Have Walked Before
by Fay Johnson
07/20/06
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Scriptures
Ruth 1:20, Hebrews 11:11, Acts 9:36-41, Luke 1:46-47

Setting
The Fill My Cup Tea Room

Characters
Faith, Hope, Charity, Mara, and Martha the Server [Martha needs to move around working/cleaning etc.]


Faith
Hello ladies! Iím so glad everyone could come today.

Hope
Hi Faith. Hey Charity. Well look Maraís pulling into the parking lot. She can be so bitter.

Charity
Oh letís give her the benefit of the doubt Hope. Sure she gets on everyoneís last nerve but you know what the Bible says about being slow to Ö

Hope
Well a snail is slow but eventually he will get where heís going.

Charity
Itís just that she is just like her name, Mara Ė bitterness.

Faith
Itís just that she takes it to a whole new level.

Hope
I think we need to think fast or this could be another loooooong lunch.

Charity
[all three ladies watch Mara out a window that looks into the congregation; Martha is busy cleaning, serving etc.] It is rather amazing how someone can manage getting in as many tight spots, scrapes Ė oh my I guess that hurt.

Hope
Bless her heart, she does struggleÖ

Faith
Well maybe we need to be a little more like our names, Faith, Hope, Charity [Faith points to each of them as the ladies look at each other and laugh]

Charity
You are so right, letís see what we can do to be a blessing to Mara today.

Mara
Well I finally found the right place, I just drove around until I found the right one. Iíve had such a terrible morning; another argument with ďtheĒ mother-in-law, she just had to nag one more time about not being good enough Ė oh you donít need to know, then the children, got lost in traffic, traffic was backed up for miles, and then I got cut offÖ[need to speak with bitterness-no whining, Mara can rub her temples as she deposits her purse on ]

Hope
How about we find a table since I guess weíre all here?

Charity
This looks like a wonderful table. I just love this place.

Faith
I love everything about this little tea room. The Fill My Cup Tea Room. I think it is just splendid. I really looked forward to meeting everyone here.

Mara
I wonder whatís the point? Get dressed up, shuttle the kids around. Itís a lot of trouble. [remember no whining]

Faith
Donít you enjoy a break in routine Mara?

Mara
Well I guess, but by the time I get here Iím out of sorts, the children, the traffic... [still try not to whine]

Charity
Please excuse me for being blunt, but maybe you should have some charity, or unmerited forgiveness toward those drivers and your children or your mother-in-law and not bitterness.

Faith
Charity is right Mara. You know there is a story in the Old Testament of dear lady named Naomi. Naomi called herself Mara or bitterness because she said she went out full but came back empty because her husband and both sons died.

Hope
She still had a daughter-in-law named Ruth, who was said to have been better to her than seven sons. After Ruth and Boazís child was born I canít even imagine how blessed Naomi must have felt.

Charity
I donít suppose she or anyone else ever called her bitterness again.

Mara
Humph, Iíve never thought about that before.

Faith
So we should strive to be better not bitter.

Mara
Are there other Bible stories that can help me?

Hope
Just like each of us, our names remind us, to have faith, hope, and charity.

Charity
Tabitha was raised from the dead because she made clothes for the poor.

Faith
Sarah is named in the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11 for her faith when Isaac was conceived.

Hope
Mary had hope when she said, ďMy soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.Ē You know she was talking about her very own son.

Mara
I donít believe Iíve ever really thought about it like that before. I would like to ask each of you to forgive me and ask that you be patient with me while I learn not to be bitter.

Charity
You know what? My name is Charity; I am reminded every time I it that I need be more loving to others.

Faith
Me too; I am constantly reminded that I need faith.

Hope
Oh donít go leaving me out. Hope isnít an easy commodity either you know.

Mara
Iím relieved to know others struggle as well.

Martha
Would any of you ladies like dessert today? [Martha needs a HUGE name tag she also is busy doing things throughout the skit.]

Faith
None for me, Iím counting calories.

Hope
Me neither; Iím counting carbs.

Charity
Iím out too; points.

Mara
Iíll have the lava cake with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry on top; Iím counting my blessings.






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