Monday, May 15, 2017
Cast: Church Mouse in costume. Monologue.
Set: Any. The mouse tells the story.
[Lights down to begin. Lights go up and the church mouse is entering stage right and singing.]
I’m Proud to be and American where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died…
[Jumps back realizing the room is full of people.]
Whoa! You guys are back again. You about gave me a heart attack. Ha! Then you would be singing, I won’t forget the mouse who died singing of liberty.
Hey! I was reading my historical journals the other day and realized that this 9-11 stuff is fairly recent. I mean there was just Labor Day in September and then nothing else to speak of until the Candy Festival at the end of October. I got two cavities from that last year.
It all got me to wondering, what is this 9-11 all about? People say it is like Pearl Harbor Day for this modern generation. Some don’t pay it much mind. I mean, there’s no three-day weekend with it. You don’t hear of people heading out to see relatives for 9-11.
So what is it all about?
I mean, I know it’s about being attacked by enemies and that many people died, but men and women die defending this thing you call America every year. A lot of people die defending America every year.
So just what is the deal on 9-11?
[Hand to chin in ‘Thinker pose’]
Maybe, just maybe, it was about being of one accord for a short time. Yes, I think that’s it. For a short time early in this new century, people who didn’t seem to do much of anything other than argue with each other, came together in one accord.
For a short time, this wasn’t America. It was the United States of America. People put aside their differences and rallied together as one people. Church attendance even went up for a while.
Tragedy had brought forth unity, for a short time.
So 9-11 is a day to remember what happened, a day to remember those who lost their lives, a day to remember those who acted heroically, and a day to remember a nation—the UNITED States of America—truly being united.
It’s all sort of sad though. I mean it took a tragedy of that magnitude to bring people together and then it only lasted for a while.
I wonder, I mean I really wonder if you people couldn’t practice a little more harmony on a regular basis. I mean you—not this building—are the church, right?
You are one body, right?
You are called to live in one accord, right?
I’m not judging, but I am a church mouse and I pick up on a lot during Bible Study and Sunday school. You don’t see me, but I’m nestled away listening, when I’m not nibbling on those cookies that were put out the night before services. You guys never learn.
I just nibble off the back sides and most people never notice.
Anyway, back to being of one accord. I think that you guys can handle it. I pick up a lot of teaching while I’m scurrying about picking up morsels that your kids drop. I do love the fact that you have so many kids. I can eat until Wednesday unless somebody gets a wild hair to clean up early.
[Stops and stares across entire audience before speaking.]
One accord. Think about it. It’s not just for 9-11 anymore. You people can have this wonderful thing all the time. You people known as the church are truly blessed.
[Starts to walk off.]
And let me just add, I am blessed to be your church mouse.