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BOXES2   5'2m?f Puppets link ministry with answered prayers

(sound cue: boing)

ERNIE -- (pops up) Wo! What was that?! Hey, where am I?! (looks 
around)

BERT --- (pops up with small box) Oh, hi, we've been expecting 
you.

ERNIE -- You were? (looks around)

BERT --- Yes. (drops box over the front lip of the stage) 

ERNIE -- Where am I?

BERT --- Heaven. You're in heaven. 

ERNIE -- Heaven!?

BERT --- Excuse me just a moment. (drops down, pops up with 
another box, drops it over the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- How did I get to Heaven?

BERT --- You died. All Christians go to Heaven as soon as they 
die. And you're a Christian, so, here you are. Excuse me just a 
moment. (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it over the 
front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- So, I'm in Heaven.

BERT --- Yes. Excuse me just a moment. (drops down, pops up with 
another box, drops it over the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- What are you doing?

BERT --- Oh, ah, I was just cleaning out your mansion. Excuse me 
just a moment. (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it 
over the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- This is MY mansion? This great big house? This belongs 
to me?

BERT --- Yes. Jesus promised that every Christian would have a 
really nice place to live when he got to Heaven and this is 
yours. Excuse me just a moment. (drops down, pops up with 
another box)

ERNIE -- What are throwing away?

BERT --- These? These are all empty. They are unanswered 
prayers. (drops box over the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- Unanswered prayers?

BERT --- Yes, when someone on earth prays for something, the 
Lord usually answers the prayer by giving the work to another 
Christian on earth. If that Christian does the work of the Lord, 
the person gets what he prays for and God fills the empty box 
with really fun toys and things. If the Christian doesn't do the 
work of the Lord, his box stays empty. Excuse me just a moment. 
(drops down, pops up with another box, drops it over the front 
lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- Wait a minute. Are you saying that people's prayers 
didn't get answered because of me?

BERT --- Yeah. Excuse me just a moment. (drops down, pops up with 
another box) Yeah, here's a good example. This little old lady 
prayed for some nice person to come and mow her lawn. 

ERNIE -- Oh, oh.

BERT --- What's the matter?

ERNIE -- My Dad asked me if I would mow Mrs Eldridge's lawn. And 
I said I was too busy. You mean, Mrs Eldridge's prayer didn't 
get answered because of me?

BERT --- That's right. (drops it over the front lip of the stage, 
grunts) 

ERNIE -- Couldn't the Lord find someone else to mow her lawn?

BERT --- Well, sure. But he wanted YOU to do it. There's always 
just one person who is perfect to answer a prayer. (laughs) You 
would have loved the great toy that the Lord had all picked out 
for you if you had answered Mrs Eldridge's prayer. Excuse me 
just a moment. (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it 
over the front lip of the stage, grunts) .

ERNIE -- Oh, man, there goes another one! Didn't I get ANY 
rewards at all?

BERT --- Sure you did. Every time you do something nice or go 
out of your way to help somebody, there's a chance that you 
could be answering someone's prayer. I'll show you your reward 
boxes as soon as I'm done cleaning out these empties. Excuse me 
just a moment. (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it 
over the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- (looks over edge at all the boxes) Look at all those 
unanswered prayers. Could I go back home and mow Mrs Eldridge's 
lawn now?

BERT --- Nope. Sorry, Mrs Eldridge had to sell her house, 
because the yard work got to be too much for her. 

ERNIE -- Oh, dear. (hangs head over edge of stage)

BERT --- (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it over 
the front lip of the stage, grunts) It's too late for any of 
these prayer requests anyway. Once you're in Heaven, you're here 
for good.

ERNIE -- Couldn't God have given those prayer requests to some 
other Christians?

BERT --- He could. And sometimes he does for the big ones that 
affect a lot of people. But mostly, if a Christian doesn't do 
what the Lord wants him to, somebody doesn't get what he prayed 
for. I'm sure you prayed for some things that you didn't get. 
(drops down, pops up with another box, drops it over the front 
lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- (perks up) So, that's why I didn't get what I prayer 
for?

BERT --- Yup. If every Christian did what they were supposed to 
do. There would sure be a lot more prayers answered.

ERNIE -- But how was I supposed to know what prayers I was 
supposed to answer?

BERT --- Usually, it's a your Mom or Dad who asks you to do 
something. (drops down, pops up with another box, drops it over 
the front lip of the stage, grunts) 

ERNIE -- Like mowing Mrs Eldridge's lawn.

BERT --- Yes. But sometimes it's the pastor or your Sunday 
School teacher. They usually don't just ask you to do things for 
no reason. They ask you because they know that you have what it 
takes to do the Lord's work. (drops down, pops up with another 
box)

ERNIE -- (lays head backward over edge of stage) I really blew 
it.

BERT --- Don't be sad now. This is heaven. You have several 
boxes full of rewards to play with here. You did some nice 
things to answer people's prayers. (drops it over the front lip 
of the stage, grunts) Well, that's the last of them.

ERNIE -- (looks over edge of stage) I could have had MORE 
rewards.

BERT --- Come on. Cheer up. Let's go see your rewards. (exits)

ERNIE -- Okay. (turns follows) Wo! Look at all those rewards! 
Those are all for me?!

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