Jesus Loves Me

By Dan Wilson


Becoming a Christian does not mean that Sam stops making mistakes. As he moves through life we see him interacting with a variety of people, often making bad choices. But at the end Jesus does not withhold his grace.


(Production note: the Male and the Female play a series of quick-fire characters relating to Sam. They could remain voices off throughout the play, with Sam the only character on stage.)


Man: (voice) Nurse, paddles!

Woman: (voice) Yes, Doctor.

Man: Come on.

Woman: No response. Still no response. (fading) doctor, we're losing him.

Sam:  (enters) Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.

Sound: (sound of something breaking)

Woman: Sammy. Donny. What was that noise?

Man: You're gonna get it!

Woman: My lamp!

Sam: Donny did it! He pushed me into it and it broke!

Man: Sam! Mom, he's lying!

Sam: No I'm not, he pushed me real hard. He's always pushing.

Woman: Donny, how many times have I told you not to bully your little brother.

Man: But...

Woman: And you know that lying will not be tolerated in this household. Come with me young man.

Sam: I'm sorry.

Woman: It's too late for sorry, now you go straight to the principal's office.

Sam: I'll be quiet, I promise.

Woman: Off with you.

Sam: I didn't do nothin. I swear.

Man: Samuel. How many times have you been to see me this year?

Sam: I dunno.

Man: Five times. Do you like coming to see me?

Sam: No.

Man: What are you going to do about it? Will you cooperate with Ms. Anderson?

Sam: No way. He'll never see it coming.

Woman: I'm not sure about this.

Man: It'll be cool. He's such a dweeb anyway.

Sam: Now, you'll talk to him, like you really like him. Jake will get behind him and get on his hands and knees, then I'll come up and knock him over.

Woman: But what if he gets hurt?

Man: He's not gonna get hurt.

Sam: I can't believe his head hit the pavement so hard.

Woman: Oh God, I can't believe this happened.

Man: My dad thinks he can keep us out of Juvenile Hall.

Sam: I never thought this could happen.

Woman: Well it did.

Sam: I can't be a father. I'm only sixteen!

Woman: What about me? I'm the one who's pregnant. I'm the one who'll have to raise it.

Sam: Hey, I'm not going to leave you, Betty. We'll raise it together.

Woman: Do you promise?

Sam: I promise.

Man: Good, cause I'm really relying on you for this. I'll see you Thursday at six.

Sam: Don, Donny, I'll be there with the money.

Man: Thanks brother. And I promise I'll never get involved with loan sharks again.

Woman: Oh Sam. I love you so much.

Sam: I love you too, Sharon. Excuse me

Woman: What's wrong?

Sam: I just have to check the time. Oh my God.

Woman: What?

Sam: It's six_thirty. I have to go!

Man: Fine! Go! Get your worthless butt out of my house!

Sam: I will!

Man: Why did it have to be Donny? Why couldn't it have been you?

Sam: I wish it had been me.

Man: Don't let Dad get you down. I forgive you.

Sam: How can you forgive me? I let you down. I'm the reason you're in this hospital.

Man: No, I got myself here.

Sam: If I hadn't been messin' around with Sharon.

Man: Sammy, I said I forgive you.

Sam: I don't feel forgiven.

Man: You know, there's somebody who can help you with that.

Sam: Really? Who? I could use some help right about now.

Man: Jesus Christ.

Woman: You're kidding.

Sam: No, I've become a Christian! Donny...

Woman: Look, just because you feel responsible for what hap...

Sam: No, he showed me who Jesus is, how he can forgive our sins.

Woman: Sins? What's wrong with you? since when did you thinking about sin?

Sam: For a long time now.

Man: Right, we've been friends a long time and you know I wouldn't steer you wrong on this, right?

Sam: I don't know Larry. The union might not like this,

Man: That's the genius. The clause is hidden in such a way that the Union probably won't even see it until it's too late. It'll end up saving the company millions of dollars.

Sam: I guess you're right.

Woman: Of course I'm right. With your support, we could bring attention to the needs of the inner city. We need your help.

Sam: You're right, but I don't think I have the time right now. I want to help, but this is a really busy time of year for me. I can have my secretary write you a check.

Woman: I see. Well, we can always use more funding. Thank you for your time.

Sam: Yeah, that's the problem. I still feel like nothing has changed. When I came to Christ, I thought that I'd stop making dumb decisions. That I'd stop sinning. But it hasn't happened that way.

Man: Do you feel like you came to Christ under false expectations?

Sam: Its not that, I just want some peace. Some assurance that: I'm doing something right. That my life isn't just one big mistake.

Woman: How could you?

Sam: I was lonely.

Woman: And I wasn't?

Sam: I'm sorry. It won't happen again. I'll see that she's moved to another part of the company. I'll never see her again.

Woman: It's too late for that.

Sam: I just want things to be the way they were.

Man: Never happen. She's determined to take everything you've got. If you ask me, you're best move would be to counter-attack. If we move quickly, I can probably get you the house and most of the savings account.

Sam: This shouldn't have happened.

Man: Sam, reality check. It has happened. If you don't take her down now, she'll bury you.

Woman: The doctor will see you now.

Man: Sam, I'm afraid that we're going to have to operate, soon.

Sam: I'd like to talk to the chaplain, before I go under.

Man: Nurse, paddles.

Woman: We're losing him doctor. Still nothing.

Sam: What have I done! My God, what have I done!

Jesus: Sam.

Sam: Lord, I can't. I don't deserve you. Not after all I've done. I've failed myself, my friends, my family. Lord, I've failed you too many times.

Jesus: Sam.

Sam: I never really realized how much hurt I've caused. It never seemed this serious before.

Jesus: Sam.

Sam: Why, Lord? Why did you die for me?

Jesus: I love you Sam. Come. My grace is sufficient for you. Be at peace and join me in my Father's kingdom.


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