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A Night before Christmas
by Julie Michaelson
12/16/08
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And
God said
Let there
be light,
and
there was
light.
[Genesis 1:3]
************************
"They tell me that
You're All MIGHTY,
LORD!"

[SILENCE.]

"So, how come that
German SHEPHERD'S
down the STREET?
At the CORNER?"

[SILENCE.]

"In the RAIN?"

[SILENCE.]

"In the COLD?"

[PATIENT GAZE.]

"Right in front a'
all those houses...
with all the fancy
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?"

[PATIENT NOD.]

"And......he was there,
this morning....and,
he's STILL there!"

"Calm down,
My child."

"NO!"

[LOVING GAZE.]

"I'm NOT!"

"Patience, child."

"What FOR?"

"For Me,
My beloved."

"What d'Ya
MEAN?"
(Glare up at ceiling.)
Is THAT what's gonna
feed that poor DOG:
my PATIENCE?"

[GENTLE SMILE.]
"You do not have
any, My beloved."

"NO!
I DON'T!"

[GAZE UPON HIS BELOVED.]

"I CAN'T take him
in! That's why I called
the POUND!"
(Angry glare up at ceiling.)
To come pick him UP!"

[NOD.]

"Cuz, his OWNERS are
a bunch'a JACKASSES!
And, YOU don't CARE!"

[SORROWFUL GAZE.]

"He's better off DEAD!"

[SILENCE.]

"And, You don't CARE!"

[SAD SMILE.]

"It's not FUNNY, LORD!"

"You are,
My child."

(Angry smirk!)
"WHY?"

"Because....."

"Cuz, WHAT?"

[TENDER VOICE.]
"You think I
don't know."

"Know WHAT:
that there's a dog
starving, and FREEZING
to death, out THERE?"

[SORROWFUL GAZE.]
[GENTLE NOD.]

(Turn away.)
(Turn back.)
"Ya know, LORD...
EVERYBODY says
You're so MIGHTY
and POWERFUL.......!"

"Yes, child?"

(Yell up at the ceiling.)
"WELL,
I DON'T THINK SO!"

[GENTLE NOD.]
"I know."

(Punch both puny
fists at the ceiling.)
"I THINK YOU'RE
REALLY WEAK!"
(Shake one fist this time,
up at shadow on the wall.)
"I THINK YOU'RE A BIG
WEAKLING!"

(QUIET VOICE.]
"I know,
My beloved."

(Yell louder.)
"And,
STOP CALLIN' ME THAT!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"There's SO MUCH
SUFFERIN' IN THE
WORLD!"
(Tearful gaze.)
"And, You're doin'
NOTHING ABOUT IT!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"You're just SITTIN'
up there, in Your
IVORY TOWER! "

[GENTLE SMILE.]
"What tower is
that, My beloved?"

"YOU KNOW!"

[GENTLE NOD.]
"Ah.
I see."

"YOU DON'T SEE NOTHIN'!"

[PATIENTLY WAITING.]

"LEAVE me ALONE!"

[TENDER VOICE.]
"You don't mean that,
child."

"YEAH?
Well......
(Turn back.)
why don't You go
out THERE?
In the COLD?
And RAIN?"
(Stare at ceiling fan.)
"Where You're ....NEEDED?"

[NOD.]
[SIGH.]
"I'm going to
stay right Here,
My beloved."

(Angry yell.)
"GO AWAY!"

[LOVING GAZE.]

"I don't KNOW
what this CHRISTMAS
is about, ANYWAY!"

[PATIENT SILENCE.]

"I don't see
no' PEACE ON EARTH!"

[SILENCE.]

(Yell.)
"It's a bunch'a
MALARKY!"

[GAZE AT THE EARTH.]
[TOUCH THE COLD EAR
OF THE SHIVERING DOG OUT ON THE
STREET.]

"THAT'S what it is!"

[KNEEL BESIDE DOG.]
[GENTLE WHISPER.]

"I don't see ANYBODY GETTIN'
SAVED!"

[GENTLE CARESS.]
[CALM WHISPER.]

"Or ANYTHING!"

"Shhh,
child."
[LONG PAUSE.]
"That is why
I came."
*****************************
I am
the Light
of the world.
[John 8:12]

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Joanne Sher  17 Dec 2008
So much to ponder here, in your characteristic style! I'm always blessed when I read your pieces.




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