The Kids Care 2 tweens group shares a dramatic interpretation of the story of Mary and Martha.
Athenae: Through the following dramatic performance, the members of the Kids Care 2 Tweens Group will discuss fortitude and sloth from a modern perspective related to the story of Mary and Martha. Hard work is important, and God wants us to persevere. He also wants us to rest and enjoy the company of each other.
Teddy: And whatever you do, whether in the world or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God and the Father through him.
Robbie: Hi, I'm Robbie and today I have a really great...
Narfie: Robbie! Robbie! You are not going to believe this!
Robbie: Calm down Narfie.
Tell me, what's the matter.
Narfie: I am calm! You should have seen me when I was really upset!
Robbie: What's wrong?
Narfie: I'm trying to tell you if you would listen and stop interrupting.
Narfie: It's my sister, Marfie! She is impossible! Im-possible I tell you! I've never seen anyone like her!
Robbie: Your sister's name is Marfie?
Narfie: Yes! Now what does that have to do with anything?
Robbie: Nothing, just that Narfie and Marfie... it's kind of cute.
Narfie: Don't you care that I am so upset now listen to what she did.
Robbie: Ok, Sorry, Narfie.
Marfie: Now, our great grandma came to visit. She is 87 years old and she has lots of great stories and she always gives us great big hugs.
Carly: Wow. She sounds like a great grandmother.
Marfie: I just said she IS my great grandmother.
Carly: No, I mean she sounds like a GREAT grandmother! Like, you know, she's a lot of fun to be with.
Narfie: She is. I love it when she comes to town. And I always work very hard to make her favorite dessert, peach pie with extra pecans. She loves it!
Robbie: Mmmm... Sounds good!
Narfie: It is! That's why I'm so upset.
Carly: Why? You wanted it to be gross instead of tasty? I think you need to back up a little.
Is that better?
Robbie: No, Narfie. I mean back up to the beginning of your story about the peach pie and your Great Grandma.
Marfie: Great Grandma and I were sitting at the table and Grandma was telling one of her best stories and it was one we had never heard but Narfie didn't get to hear much of it!
Narfie: Because I was too busy, slaving away making a wonderful peach pie with extra pecans for Great Grandma and us. I started getting really, really mad because Marfie was doing nothing but just sitting and listening to Grandma! The last straw was when Marfie was laughing so hard at Grandma's story she almost fell out of her chair.
Robbie: The last straw? What did you do?
Narfie: I walked over to grandma and said, "Listen! I've been working all morning on this pie! All Marfie does is sit and listen to you and laugh! I have HAD IT! Grandma will you please tell her to quit being so lazy and help me with the pie!"
Robbie: What did she say?
Great Grandma: I said,"Narfie, Narfie, Narfie. Why do you always have to be so busy. I don't visit all that often and when I do, Marfie always sits down and listens to my stories. Meanwhile you are always running here and there trying to make everything just perfect for me. I would rather not have a pie to eat and get to spend more time with you. I won't always be here, after all.
Robbie: Wow. How did you feel after she said that?
Marfie: She didn't have time to feel anything. She ran over here to tell you about it. What does it all mean?
Robbie: Well it just means that she would rather have you than the pie. She wants to spend time with you instead of you doing things for her and getting all upset and worried about them turning out just perfect. This reminds me of Mary and Martha in the Bible!
Carly: What happened to them? Did it involve pie?
Marfie: I know that one. Mary and Martha were sisters. Jesus came to visit them around dinner time. While Martha was running around trying to make a perfect dinner, Mary sat on the floor and listened to Jesus teach. Martha complained to Jesus and Jesus told her that Mary had the right idea and that she was enjoying His company instead of trying to work to please Him with a fancy dinner.
Narfie: That sounds familiar. I think I need to go home and sit and talk with Marfie and my Great Grandma. She is going home tomorrow.
Robbie: Sounds like a good idea. Then tonight, before you go to sleep, you can spend a little time talking with Jesus. You can pray to Him.
Narfie: That sounds great! But does Jesus like Peach pie?
Teddy: Let us pray.
Ryan: Dear God, thank you for giving us Jesus to show us how to live the way you want us to. Guide us to work hard in service of you, but also to take time to love and spend time with those around us. Let us all work in your name, but also let us enjoy and relax in your name. In your whole name we pray, Amen.