Farewell, My Son

(A fun back-to-school sketch.)

Wife: Don’t forget to email us from school, son.

Husband: We love you!

Wife: Keep your head on straight.

Husband: That’s right. Use your head.

Wife: Honey, I’m concerned about him. We’ve invested so much of ourselves in training him, and now he’s going away.

Husband: I know. It saddens me, too.

Wife: There are just so many questions. Did we buy him the right computer?

Husband: I did lots of research, and I think he’ll be competitive.

Wife: What about food? What if he doesn’t have enough to eat?

Husband: He has our credit card.

Wife: Oh, right. I forgot. (pausing, still looking into the distance) What about his clothes?Students these days are so fashion conscious. I don’t want him to feel ridiculed because he doesn’t have the latest look.

Husband: And there are so many other issues, deeper issues: evolution, sexual orientation, situational ethics, racism, atheism, and the occult.

Wife: Do you think we’re wrong by not insisting that he choose a Christian school?

Husband: No. He’s spreading his wings. If that school is where he’s comfortable, we really need to back off and hope for the best. We’ve got to face the fact that, with every passing day, the empty nest is getting to be more of a reality.

Wife: I know, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Husband: True.

Wife: Well, what are we going to do now, until he returns? I can’t handle this, Jack.

Husband: Honey, kindergarten ends at noon. We’ll see him before you know it.

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Absalom (Contemporary Adaptation)

Actor mimes holding a baby in his arms, beaming with pride. He speaks to the audience.

This has to be the greatest moment of my life! And I got it all on videotape. The whole process was such a miracle. Michelle did great. (to God) Lord, how can I ever thank You for this child I’m holding? I give him over to You. I promise I’m going to give 100 percent to the task of parenting. You can count on me. I never dreamed being a dad would be so satisfying. I feel complete. I promise I’ll be twice the dad my father was to me. (to himself) He needs a strong biblical name: I think we’ll call him Absalom.

Actor turns his back momentarily, then begins to speak to his son (not seen by audience) in an angry tone.

Absalom! How dare you defy me! You are going to be in hot water when we get home. No laughing or running in church! You are embarrassing the whole family! Can’t you see that? You aren’t a baby anymore! You are five years old! (Suddenly turn his focus toward the unseen pastor. He suddenly transforms from anger to all smiles.) Oh, hi Pastor Ted. Just talking to my boy. Yes, he sure is growing. We all enjoyed your message today.

Actor turns around again and has a seat in a chair. He pantomimes holding a phone to his ear.

I know it’s the third night in a row, but this is what they pay me to do, Honey. I’m a manager now, and I think I have a good chance of becoming a vice president. (Listens) Well, you certainly enjoy the extra money, don’t you. (Listens) That’s not fair! Everything I do is for you and Absalom. I’ll be home in an hour. Michelle? Michelle? (He hangs up the phone and turns around.)

When actor turns back around, he is pantomiming a repair.

Absalom, hand me that Phillips. Not the flathead, the Phillips screwdriver, son! How was youth camp? (half listening, but focused mainly on the repair) What’s that? (listening) You want me to teach you what? To pray? I thought that’s why our church hired a youth minister.

Actor turns, then faces the audience, stooped and older.

Lord, I know I promised I would give You my son. I meant to do that. I meant to take the time out of my schedule to really teach him. I guess I was so wrapped up in trying to make a living that I forgot. I thought if I gave him a lot of material things, you’d handle the spiritual. I was wrong. He’s on the west coast now. I haven’t seen him in two years. But, what hurts even more is that, even though he is distant from me, he’s even more distant from You. “‘O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you.’” (whispered) “‘Absalom, my son, my son!’”

Scripture: 2 Samuel 18:33

The 23rd

Based on Psalm 23.  This could work in almost any worship experience between songs.  Feel free to make it for whatever amount of readers you have. 

Reader #1: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Reader #2:
 He supplies everything that I need.

Reader #3: There is no void that He cannot fill.

Reader #4: No sickness He can’t heal.

Reader #2: For He is my source.

Reader #1: He makes me lie down in green pastures,

Reader #2: I can rest because He is my security.

Reader #4: I can lie down in peace.

Reader #1: He leads me beside quiet waters,

Reader #3: As the deer pants for water, so my soul longs for Him.

Reader #2: I drink from the fountain of living water.

Reader #4: It is a peace that the world cannot give.

Reader #3: He is my peace and my provider.

Reader #1: He restores my soul.

Reader #2: Often in times of heartache and disillusionment I’ve doubted Him. Some days I forget Him. And yet, He still cares for me.

Reader #1: He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Reader #3: He is my compass, He is my lighthouse, He is my Light and my Salvation. And the greatest mystery of all is this . . .

Reader #1: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me;

Reader #2: God is Emmanuel. He is with us.

Reader #1: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Reader #4: I am comforted by Your discipline. I am being intimately led by a loving Shepherd.

Reader #1: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

Reader #3: You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Reader #2: Surely goodness

Reader #1: and mercy

Reader #4: shall follow me

Reader #3: all the days

Reader #2: every day.

Reader #4: He shall not leave me or forsake me.

Reader #3: He will lead me to His kingdom at the moment I draw my last breath.

Reader #1: His word is true.

Reader #2: He is faithful.

All: All the days of my life.