Wed, May 12, 2021

Friend of a Wounded Heart

This drama/pantomime came about from my days in the drama team at the Baptist Campus Ministry at Auburn University. It was a collaborative effort with many different people coming up with ideas.

Characters: Girl, Jesus, Friend, Teacher, Boyfriend, Mother

Set-Up: Four Speaking parts in a semicircle around the girl. Jesus starts off stage. The girl has a paper heart with a little rip in it taped to her shirt. When Jesus enters he has a complete heart on his shirt. He will also need new hearts for all of the people who are on the stage (4 more) hidden in a pocket or somewhere easy to reach on stage. He will also need tape.

The second half of the drama is a pantomime (living video) done to the old Wayne Watson song “Friend of a Wounded Heart.” The song is longer than the pantomime will last so it should be faded out with action on stage is finished.

The skit opens with Girl looking at the torn place in her heart and going to the “Friend”. She taps the friend on the shoulder and when the friend turns around she gestures toward her heart.

Friend: Oh it’s you. Let me guess you’ve got some sort of problem again. I know you have it rough, but I’ve got problems of my own. So listen, I don’t really know how to say this, but I think it would be best if we didn’t hang out together anymore. I know that sounds harsh, but you are really bringing me down and I’ve found some new friends now so why don’t you find some other whinny people to hang out with. (Friend tears a piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and then turns back around.)

Girl stands there looking hurt for a moment and then heads to Teacher taps him on the shoulder and motions to her heart.

Teacher: Listen, I’m sorry that you are having a tough time, but I don’t really know what I can do about it. There are 30 other people in my class that are seeming to be getting it, why should I give you special treatment? Frankly I don’t know if you are really cut out to handle a class like mine. You may need to reconsider what you have planned for your life, I’m not sure if you have what it takes to really make it. I don’t really know what you want me to do. You are failing my class and I can’t help you. (Teacher tears a piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and then turns back around.)

Girl stands there looking hurt for a moment and then heads to Boyfriend taps him on the shoulder and motions to her heart which is now looking pretty rough.

Boyfriend: (Turns around excited until he sees who it is that has tapped his shoulder) Oh it’s just you. (Takes a deep breath) I don’t want to be a jerk about this, but we really need to talk. You’ve just been bringing me down lately. There isn’t any of that excitement we used to have, and now that we found out that you’re not pregnant I just don’t see any reason to keep faking it. I know you say that you love me, but I have tried to love you, honestly I have tried, but I just don’t feel the same about you. You don’t want to be with someone who doesn’t love you so let’s just stop wasting our time. I think it’s best if we broke up. (Boyfriend tears a piece of Girls heart, throws it on the floor and turns around.)

Girls is starting to look like she is about to cry. She stand for a moment contemplating the hurts of her heart and then goes to Mother.

Mother: (Rolls her eyes when she sees Girl) What do you want now? You are always in here with some sort of heartache or another some sort of trivial problem. Why don’t you go off and find some friends and quit whining to me. You think you’ve got problems? I’ve got real problems like having to put up with a whiny kid like you 24/7. You drive me crazy with all of your crying and complaining. You know sometimes I wish you were never even born. (Mother then rips a large piece of Girl’s heart, throws it on the floor and turns around.)

Girl is now thoroughly dejected. She stands there looking at her mom’s back for a moment then she slowly looks at each of the other people and finally collapses to her knees crying center stage.

Then the music starts. All of these motions are large, slow and exaggerated.

Jesus enters and approaches Girl. Girl looks up and is almost afraid to show him what is wrong, but she eventually shows him her ripped up heart. Jesus stands her up and gives her a big hug. Then he steps back and starts walking around picking up the pieces of her broken heart. He comes back to her and holds out his hand to her. She reaches for him, but he shakes his head and points to what is left of her heart. Girl is reluctant to part with what little bit of heart she has left, but she eventually agrees. Jesus then kneels down and begins to tape her heart back together.

Once the heart is taped back together he gives the heart back to her. She is excited, but she looks at the fact that it is just a taped up heart and it still doesn’t look all the way healed. When she looks back at Jesus, he holds his hands out for her heart. Again she is reluctant, but not as much as before. She gives him her taped up heart. Jesus then takes his own complete heart off and gives it to her in exchange for her broken heart.

The two of them then turn to face the other people on stage. Jesus hands Girl a handful of hearts and she begins to pass them around to the other people. The Mom resists taking it, but eventually does.

Then Jesus goes and stands like he is on a cross and the girl kneels and places her heart at his feet all of the others do the same

The music fades out.


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I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.


For almost 20 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

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