Dramatic Monologue: Rebuild!
by Kelly in Alberta, Canada
based on Isaiah 65:17-25
My name is Sarah and I am one of the few left. I am one of the few Israelites who has
come back home, back to the Promised land. Oh, I cry when I see what is left, what a mess.
So much work to do. It is so overwhelming. I am tired already and we haven't even begun
the work. I have survived, isn't that enough? I have remained faithful to God. I have
trusted in the Lord through all this. What more could you ask of me? How dare anyone ask
me to work?! I am so tired.
The Word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai. He spoke to the governor, the high
priest and to the rest of us, well, what was left of us. Haggai said, "Who is left
among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it but
nothing in your sight?"
Its true, there is nothing but rubble left of the Temple. My heart is broken. I can
hardly bare it.
"Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory?" the Lord of
hosts asks the remnants of what was once a great nation.
I remember, I was but a child, oh, so many years ago - 49 years ago. Forty-nine years
ago we where sent into exile, taken over, our homes destroyed, the Temple destroyed by the
Do you know what this means? Do you know what the implications are of being sent away
from God's land? I don't think you do, so let me explain.
To truly understand what kind of impact this exile had on us, you must understand how
we understand of the presence of God in the land of Zion.
The first thing I must tell you is that God promised us a king. King David was our
first king and all kings that came after were of David's line. David's line would rule
forever, it was promised by God. The Babylonians have over thrown the Davidic king. Where
The next thing I must tell you is that the Temple in Jerusalem is God's permanent home.
The Babylonians have destroyed the temple, the house of God. Where is God? How could God
possibly dwell among us without the Temple to channel the divine presence?
Again, we Israelites have suffered through a desert experience. This time we had been
given the promises and traditions from God. Where is God? Why did God let this happen? Why
is God not protecting us? Are we worshipping the right god or are the Babylonians
worshipping the one true god?
I sat down by the rivers of Babylon and cried. I cried with my mother and father, my
sisters and brothers. How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? God and the
Land are tightly wrapped up in each other. We are lost without the Land. We are alone
without the Land. We are without God without the Land. Praise God, the Persians over threw
the Babylonians! It took 49 years, and I am now a very old woman but we now have hope.
Free at last, free at last, we can go home. This return to the Land is surely a sign that
God was still at work.
Our prophet Haggai says that this is the dawn of a new age for Israel. God will truly
be present with us. God will truly bless us. But we must work, and I am not sure I have
the energy for that.
I hear that this church had some difficulties too. I hear that this church experienced
an exodus too and all that is left is the remnants. I hear that people are tired but there
is still so much work to do. I hear that people are tired but the roof needs fixing. I
hear that people are tired but the walls need painting. I hear that people are tired but
children still need to be taught about the Lord. I hear that people are tired but this is
still a desire to people to gather around a meal.
Our prophet Haggai, says God has something to say to all that. God says "Now take
courage, all you people of the land, take courage, work, for I am with you. I am with you
according to my promise I made when you came out of Egypt. My spirit is with you. Do not
fear. Take courage.
You ay reminisce about the good old days, like we reminisce about the good old days:
the days before strife, before turmoil. I have heard about those days: when the economy
was booming and young couples were coming to this land. The days when young couples where
having children and the church was one big family.
Yes, every generation reminisces about days gone past. The Lord tells us through our
prophet, Haggai to remember the past. Remember the good old days and let those past
visions inspire you to dream new dreams. Haggai tells us to move on, to work, to take
courage for the Lord is with us.
For us Israelites, the Lord is with us in the new temple that Haggai will help us
build. For you it is in the people that are gathered. For you Christian where ever two or
more are gathered in his name, the Lord is there. For you Christians, rebuilding the
church means gathering the people, sharing the bread and the wine, gather around a
baptism. For you Christians rebuilding the church means sharing coffee together, reading
the Bible together, laughing and crying together. For it is in those places that God is.
"Take courage, work, for I am with you", says the Lord. Amen.