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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
TITLE: Never Again
By Allison Egley
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<b>Ham:</b> Raining? Again?
<b>Shem:</b>What do you mean, 'again?' It's <i>still</i> raining. It hasn't stopped yet.
<b>Ham:</b> Well gee, how long has it been?
<b>Shem:</b> Uh... I don't know. All I know is I've forgotten what that great, big, bright thing in the sky looks like.
<b>Ham:</b> You mean the sun?
<b>Shem:</b> Yeah. That's it. The sun.
<b>Ham:</b> Hey. Listen. You hear that?
<b>Shem:</b> I don't hear anything.
<b>Ham:</b> I think it actually stopped raining.
<b>Shem (checking outside):</b> I... I think you're right, brother. Still no sign of that great big fire ball, however.
<b>Japheth (running in):</b> Do you hear that??
<b>Ham (slapping Japheth on the shoulder):</b> Yep. I think it actually stopped.
<b>Shem:</b> Dad! Hey, dad! DDDDDDAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD!
<b>Noah:</b> What's all this ruckus about? I was just starting to enjoy this new silence.
<b>Shem:</b> Can we go out and play? Please?
<b>Noah:</b> Son, have you looked outside the past, oh, I don't know, thirty days or so?
<b>Shem:</b> Yeah. Nothing but... Oh. Valid point. So you mean we've been on this ark for about forty days and we still have to wait around? This is taking an eternity.
<b>Noah:</b> Forty days is not so much when you are 600 years old.
<b>Ham:</b> You're telling me you don't want to get out of here?
<b>Noah:</b> I never said that. I'm just trying to keep things in perspective.
<b>Japheth:</b> I think my perspective drowned on day three.
<b>Shem:</b> Yours and mine both.
<b>Ham:</b> Me three.
<b>Shem:</b> So how will we know when we can finally go outside?
<b>Noah:</b> The Lord will let us know.
<b>Noah:</b> Japheth, grab that log I've been keeping. How long has it been since I sent out that dove?
<b>Japheth:</b> Looks like it's been about a week.
<b>Noah:</b> It is time.
<b>Shem and Ham:</b> Did you just say it's time?
<b>Noah:</b> Yes my sons, it is time.
<i>The door to the ark opens and Noah and his family walk out</i>
<b>Shem (shielding his eyes):</b> What <i>is</i> that thing?
<b>Ham:</b> That would be the elusive sun.
<b>Shem:</b> Not that. <i>(pointing to the rainbow)</i> THAT!
<i>All stare up at the sky in amazement</i>
<b>Booming voice offstage:</b> This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. Never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
<b>Shem:</b> Pardon me for butting in, Lord, but never again? As in not for all of eternity?
<b>Booming voice offstage (chuckling):</b> Not for all of eternity.
Quotes and inspiration taken from Genesis 6-9, NASB.
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