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HEART    4'?m2f Salvation, death for one is life for another

AMY -- (enters wearing pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers slightly
bent over, walking slowly and painfully) You know it's amazing
what I took for granted when I was healthy.

LIZ -- (enters holding Amy's elbow) What's amazing is that
you're walking only one day after a heart transplant!

AMY -- (hesitates, moans in pain)

LIZ -- You alright? Do you want to go back?

AMY -- (continues) No. I'll be fine. I made it this far this
morning. I can make it a little farther before I turn back.

LIZ -- You know, the last time I saw you, I never thought I'd
see you again.

AMY -- I thank God for modern medicine. (moans) We'd better turn
back. (turns)

LIZ -- (looks both ways) Listen, while I've got you alone...

AMY -- You want to talk about God.

LIZ -- How did you know?

AMY -- I could tell by your reaction that what I said before
the surgery hit a nerve.

LIZ -- It's been ringing in my ears. I can't get it out of my
head. You said that maybe God was allowing all of this to happen
in order to get MY attention.

AMY -- (stops) Maybe.

LIZ -- I really thought I had you in a corner when I told you
that if God really existed he would not allow one of his best
people to get a heart infection.

AMY -- No hard feelings.

LIZ -- I wasn't really attacking you or God. I was just mad.
Things like this have happened to me all my life. You're the
first friend I ever had in my life that I could talk with about
ANYTHING. And I was about to lose that too!

AMY -- I can see how you would be upset with God for allowing so
many bad things to happen to you.

LIZ -- See! There you go again.

AMY -- What do you mean?

LIZ -- I expect you to hit me over the head with your Bible,
like all the other Christians I've known, but you... Do you
think it's really possible that God allowed you to get a heart
infection just to get my attention?

AMY -- I can't rule it out.

LIZ -- I've really been doing a lot of thinking since I saw you
last, wondering if you would survive, wondering what would
happen to you if you didn't survive.

AMY -- Did you come to any conclusions?

LIZ -- You were so confident! There was no doubt in your mind,
no hesitation in your voice that if you died, you'd go right to
Heaven and meet the Lord!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- And you still feel that way.

AMY -- Now, more than ever.

LIZ -- Why more than ever?

AMY -- Well, there isn't much to do in a hospital bed but think.
So, I've been doing some thinking of my own.

LIZ -- About what?

AMY -- About what went on behind the scenes.

LIZ -- Like what?

AMY -- Do you realize that in order for me to live, someone had
to die?

LIZ -- Oh, that's right. That's kind of like what you told me
about Jesus.

AMY -- That's why I'm so sure that I'll go to Heaven when I die.
Jesus died so that I could live. When I admitted that I couldn't
get to Heaven on my own, that was all Jesus needed.

LIZ -- That's all?

AMY -- Well, as you well know, it's a big step for someone to
admit that his own best efforts always fall short of God's will.

LIZ -- (sighs) When I was pacing the floor wondering whether
you'd make it, I thought of all the bad things that have
happened to me over the years. And I had to admit that a lot of
them were my own fault. That's the kind of stuff you're talking
about isn't it? I have to admit where "I" fell short of God's
will.

AMY -- You got the gist of it.

LIZ -- Listen, I.... I want to make sure that if I... if I don't
make it... I want to be as sure as you that God will take care
of me.

AMY -- (exiting) So, God DID use my heart transplant to get your
attention.

LIZ -- (exiting with Amy) I think maybe you weren't the only one
to get a new heart.

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