POSTED April 21, 1999


By Louise Ferry

Scripture Reading Matthew 22:37-40
PUPPETS: Sally & Edithann

    SALLY: (singing) Jesus loves me this I know cause the Bible tells me so....

    E-ANN: Boy, Sally, you sure sound happy. I was sort of down this morning after Sunday School.

    SALLY: How's that, Edithann?

    E-ANN: Well, in our class this morning we study Luke 17 and the lepers. People treated them very bad. They couldn't come into the city or be with their families or anything.

    SALLY: Yes, leprosy was a very bad disease. It was very contagious and people stayed away from them for fear they would get it.

    E-ANN: Wow. I'm sure glad we don't have leprosy now.

    SALLY: I am too, Edithann but we have a lot of other diseases that are just as bad.

    E-ANN: Really. Well at least we don't have any Leper Colonies.

    SALLY: Oh but we do. They aren't called that but they are there just the same.

    E-ANN: Sally, are you sure? I don't see them anywhere or hear about them.

    SALLY: I know you don't and that is what's bad. The Leper Colonies of today are in people's minds. They are afraid of what they do not understand.

    E-ANN: What is there to be afraid of today with all of our modern medicine?

    SALLY: There are some diseases that a cure has not been found for. You usally die from these things and people are afraid because they don't understand.

    E-ANN: You mean if I had one of these diseases that people would stay away from me like they did the lepers in Jesus' day?

    SALLY: I think you have the idea. Fear makes people do wrong things. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we have. He also said the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself.

    E-ANN: You mean I suppose to love that person with that terrible disease the way I love myself?

    SALLY: Now you have the idea. We need to learn all we can about people and their diseases because when we replace fear with knowledge we can love them as ourselves.

    E-ANN: But there is still a danger.

    SALLY: Yes, that is so. But there is also danger in every relationship. But the more we know, the less that danger is.

    E-ANN: How about you, boys and girls. Do you know of someone who has a disease that is serious and may take their life? Find out what it is and what you need to do to protect yourself and love your neighbor as yourself. Bye (puppets down.)

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