A Caring Father Shows Grace to a Wasteful Son

 Based on Luke 15


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Servant (Also serves as Narrator)

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.
Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.



Servant  I work for a good farmer who has two sons. Today, there is a ruckus.
The younger son is making demands of his father.
Son  Dad, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.
Father  What? You want your inheritance? I’m not dead yet!
Son  I want to enjoy my inheritance now, while I am young enough. You are still strong and healthy, so you will live a long time.
Servant  Finally, the exasperated father hands the due portion of the family wealth to his younger son, who leaves and goes as far away as he can.
I feel sorry for both the father and his son.

What a relief! Now I can live as I want. This is going to be fun!

Bargirl  Hi, handsome! I’ve been watching you. I like a man who loves to share his wealth.
Buy me a drink. 
Son  Why not! Call your friends over, and we’ll all have a drink.
Servant  Thus, my master’s son squanders his estate with wasteful, lustful living.
Bargirl  What? You beg me for a drink? You’ve got things backward, sonny!
What’s the matter? Lost all your coins?

Please don’t make fun of me. I’ve blown all my inheritance, like a fool.
Do you have any friends who might offer me a job%


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