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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: Light Conversations
By L.M. Lee
05/24/04

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“Hey, lady, need a light?”

“No thank you. I don’t smoke.”

“Are you sure?”

“What do you mean; am I sure?”

“Well are you?”

“Excuse me, but I think I know whether I smoke or not.”

“I was referring to eternity…you know smoking or non-smoking.”

“What are on earth are you talking about?”

“After you die…will you be in smoking or non-smoking?”

“What are you some kind of nut?”

---

“Okay God, what did I do wrong this time?”

“Hum...”

“She didn’t let me share with her about the Light and I used my best buzz phrases!”

“I was watching.”

“So, don’t be ingenious?”

“It’s okay to be creative, but be more sensitive to the person.”

“Got it!”

---

“Hey.”

“Hi.”

“Did you know the speed of darkness in vacuum is exactly 186,001 miles per second.”

“The speed of what?”

“The speed of darkness.”

“Are you nuts?”

“No, I just wanted to share that with someone.”

“So you picked me?”

“Well, yeah, you looked like you needed someone to talk to.”

“So you decided to talk to me about the speed of darkness?”

“Kinda cool, huh!”

“Kinda whacko…Listen the only speed I’m concerned about is Nascar.”

“But don’t you want to know how I figured out the speed of darkness?”

“I’m late. Go aggravate somebody else.”

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“God, this isn’t working.”

“Don’t be discouraged. I was rejected, too.”

“Yeah, yeah Man of Sorrows and all that, but what’s with these people?”

“They are spiritually blind and living in darkness.”

“Well, duh, I know that. I had this great idea to explain that if light travels at 186,000 mps, then darkness has to be faster to get out of the way.”

“Interesting..."

“That’s what I thought too, but the guy cut me off.”

“Relax. An opportunity to share about the Light will come ... trust Me.”

“Whatever…”

“Excuse Me?”

“Sorry.”

“Be patient.”

---

“Darn it! Stupid light!”

“What’s wrong?”

“I’ve got to finish my paper and it seems like every time I just about wrap it up, something goes wrong…now the lights are out.”

“Probably a dead bulb, let me check.”

“Hey, thanks.”

{Our hero unscrews the light bulb, replaces it with a fresh one and whala…light!}

“There!”

“Thanks for shedding a little light on the subject. Maybe I can get this paper done. You wouldn’t believe how important this is to me.”

“If your paper is as important as sharing Light is to me, I can pretty much guess how important.”

“Sharing light important? What are you, an environmentally conscience electrical engineering student?”

“Hey, that’s funny! Want to know why sharing Light is important?”

“I suppose if it won’t take too long.”

“I’m sorry, I’ll let you get back to work.”

“Hey, don’t go away mad.”

“I know … just go away.”

“No, I wasn’t thinking that. Tell you what, let me work an hour and then I’ll be ready for a break. You can tell me all about your Light co-op project then.”

*** BRIGHT FACE BEAMING AT 1,000 WATTS ***

“Ya-hoo! C’ya in an hour!”

---

“Wow God, did you see that?”

“Yes.”

“I’ll let you know how it comes out!”

“You do that!”

---

“You see Jesus came to be the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Him will no longer walk in darkness.” (John 8:12)

“So you’re not an electrical engineer with the college?”

“No, I guess you would consider me a field service engineer for Jesus Power & Light.”

“You know you’re funny.”

“You really think so?”

“Yeah, and you know no one has ever taken the time to share the Light with me. I appreciate it.”

“That’s what I’m here for! Would you like to pray now and ask Jesus to come light up your world?”

“Ha-ha!”

“What’s so funny?”

“You are! All those silly slogans! Don’t you ever just talk normal?”

“Well…”

“Just teasing! I would love to ask Jesus to ‘bring good things to light’ in my life!”

“Ah… you got me there!”

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© 5/25/04 Lissa M. Lee


Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss05/31/04
Ha ha, this was great. I loved your conversations with God. "Whatever." "Excuse me?" How funny. Great take on the topic.
Gary Sims05/31/04
Lissa - I liked this a lot. Humor is a very important tool and you do it well.

I had one slight problem with the article that you may want to consider in the future. As a script it would have been ok but as an article I had a little difficulty keeping track of who the speakers were. Maybe if you throw in an occasional, "God said" or "the student exclaimed" would help us keep track. Just a thought…
Caroline Alderson05/31/04
Well, duh, I know that. I had this great idea to explain that if light travels at 186,000 mps, then darkness has to be faster to get out of the way.”

“Interesting..."

That was really funny.

Deborah Porter 05/31/04
Yes Lissa, what can I say? It was another delightful read. I could imagine this being used as an item in church. It's a terrific message delivered with that wonderful cheeky style of yours. (Hmmm, do you say "cheeky" over there?) Keep them coming Lissa! Love, Deb
Melanie Kerr 06/01/04
Your lively use of dialogue and humour held my attention.
Naomi Deutekom06/02/04
This was fun. I can see it working well as a skit.
Dian Moore06/02/04
Absolutely loved it. You captured my vote.
B Price06/03/04
another great one. I could see this in a skit as well.
I love the "Jesus Power & Light.” we should all be using that company.
Enjoyed reading. what can I say, except for one thing: I LOVED IT!!!
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
Excellent! Very clever dialog. The beginning was especially effective at drawing me in. Well done!
Joanne Malley06/04/04
Lisa - I liked the style of this article and, it was very funny to boot! Thanks for the laugh! :) Joanne
Mary C Legg06/07/04
dunno how you do it, but it was really great.. chuckled much, very original, quick-paced, interesting work