Knock at the Door

By Dan Wilson


Ever wonder how you would react if Jesus scheduled a visit to your home?


Revelation 3:20



Jenny: My life is over!

Helen: Now, Jenny...

Jenny: It's the most important night of my LIFE and look at my hair!

George: What's wrong with it?

Jenny: Dad! Mom, you've got to help me.

Helen: Jenny, you look fine. If any one needs help right now, it's me. Why can't a four hour turkey ever take four hours?

George: It'll taste great, honey. It always does. The house looks great, you look great. It'll be a great evening.

Jenny: How can you be so calm? When is he going to get here?

George: He'll be here any time now. Why don't you go watch for him from your window? (Jenny exits)

Helen: George?

George: Yes?

Helen: How are you doing?

George: I'm not sure if I'm elated or terrified. Right now the two feel so similar.

Helen: We've waited a long time for this.

George: But it was always a long way off. "Some day.." is comfortable, nice. But "right now" is very different.

Helen: I know. I've been over this house a hundred times in the last week. But I still feel like I'm missing something. Like I haven't done something. I want everything to be perfect, but..

George: We've never had someone like him as a guest before. How do you plan for something you've never done before. It's not like having Harvey over for dinner.

Helen: That's it. What if it is like having Harvey over for dinner? What if all this is too much?

George: But this is...

Helen: I know who it is. It's like going to a party where you don't know anybody. Did you overdress, underdress? Do you remember the time you went to a costume party in your Tuxedo?

George: No one could figure out what I was supposed to be. People kept giving me their coats.

Helen: Well, that's how I feel. Like we're jumping off lovers leap and can't see below the mist.

George: Terrified and yet elated at the same time.

Helen: Yes.

George: I've rehearsed tonight in my mind a thousand times, in a thousand different ways. But I just know that when he walks through that door, I'll have nothing to say.

Helen: What do you say to him? His experience is so different from ours.

George: What do we have in common?

Helen: Why is he coming here?

George: That's the real question, isn't it? But how do you ask that? When you're given an opportunity this great, you just don't question it. But I do. I can't think of anything I've done, good or bad, that would merit a visit from him.

Jenny: (enters) He's here!


Dan Wilson, all rights reserved.

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