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Drama: What do we learn from the Psalms?

Two people are ready to read the Bible – one at a lectern or desk, one in the pulpit, if possible. The text is written for A being a woman and B being the preacher, but could easily be adapted. However, the last line does indicate that B will be giving some kind of message, so this works best if the preacher is B.

Both are ready to read. They look at each other – puzzled and begin to read at the same time.(rehearse this beforehand for the sake of that timing!)

A Psalm 22.
B Psalm 121.
A Excuse me! I thought you asked me to read Psalm 22?
B I did. But I thought you weren’t going to start, so I thought I should.
A But you’re not reading the same psalm.
B No. I’m reading Psalm 121.
A So you don’t want me to read Psalm 22?
B Yes I do. And I also want to read number 121.
A Two Psalms? Are you sure?
B Absolutely!
A Sounds strange to me. Anyway, who goes first? I suppose it should be you, seeing as you’re the visitor.
B Oh, no! Surely it should be ladies first?
A Maybe! But in the opinion of some of those people out there, I’m no lady!
B And we’re wasting time! How are we going to resolve this?
A I know! Let’s be different. Let’s read alternate verses. You start!
B Psalm 121
A Psalm 22
B ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills – where has my help come from?’
A ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?’


©Marjorie Dobson

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