OMISSION 4'?m2f Sins of omission, ministry

(sound cue: door bell)

AMY -- (enters running, crosses to far exit) I'll get it.

LIZ -- (enters) Who was at the door?

AMY -- (reenters carrying shoe box) A package for you.

LIZ -- From who?

AMY -- I asked him, but he said you'd know who sent it after you
open the package.

LIZ -- (takes package) This is all very mysterious. It smacks of
international intrigue.

AMY -- (backs away) In that case, I'll just keep my distance
until you open it.

LIZ -- I wonder who would send me a package without a return
address. (holds box next to ear, shakes it)

AMY -- I wish you wouldn't shake it like that. It might go off.

LIZ -- Don't be silly. I don't have any enemies... Or do I?
(opens box cautiously)

AMY -- (steps back)

LIZ -- Hmmmm.

AMY -- (craning neck) Well, what is it?

LIZ -- Paper.

AMY -- (approaches) Paper?

LIZ -- Little slips of paper.

AMY -- (approaches) No explosives?

LIZ -- No.

AMY -- No mysterious white powder?

LIZ -- No. (lifting pile) Just lists of things. And a Bible
verse on top.

AMY -- A Bible verse?

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- I'm not comforted. During the civil war John Brown quoted 
Bible verses just before he slaughtered people. What does the 
Bible verse say?

LIZ -- James 4:17 "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to
do and doesn't do it, sins."

AMY -- (approaches, tries to read) What does that have to do
with the lists? What's on the lists?

LIZ -- All different things. Some of the lists have people's
names. And some of the lists look like TO-DO lists.

AMY -- Do you know the people on the lists?

LIZ -- Yes. All of them. This is odd!

AMY -- What's that?

LIZ -- They go together.

AMY -- What goes together?

LIZ -- These things on the TO-DO lists have to do with the
people's names.

AMY -- What do you mean?

LIZ -- This is very strange. Some of these TO-DO items... in
fact ALL of these TO-DO items.... (closes box quickly)
Nevermind. (turns) It's nothing.

AMY -- (runs into Liz's path) What do you mean it's nothing?!
You're turning pale!

LIZ -- It's nothing really. (tries to exit)

AMY -- (resists) Well, at least tell me who the box is from. The
delivery guy said you'd know who it's from when you open the

LIZ -- I'm so embarrassed.

AMY -- Embarrassed?! Why?

LIZ -- This box is from God.

AMY -- YOU got a box from GOD?!

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- And you're embarrassed?!

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- Why?

LIZ -- These lists, these TO-DO lists and these peoples names...
These are all things I thought about doing for these people but
I put them off or I just plain decided they were too much
trouble to do.

AMY -- A whole BOX full?

LIZ -- Oh, sure, kick a fellow Christian when he's down.

AMY -- I'm sorry. But why would God do that? Why would he send
you a list of things you haven't done?

LIZ -- These are my sins of omission. As James said in this
Bible verse, "Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and
doesn't do it sins."

AMY -- Boy! You sure have a lot of sins of omission!

LIZ -- Thanks for all your support.

(sound cue: door bell)

AMY -- (turns, steps toward door) I'll get it. (stops, gasps,
exits opposite) On second thought, you get it.

LIZ -- Why?

AMY -- (stops, turns) It's the same delivery man. I think he's
got a box for me. (exits)

LIZ -- (exits opposite) Wow! Look at the size of THAT box!

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