Advent with Uncle Paul

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 [one act play version]

Uncle Paul [Robed, wizened, jovial, affectionate, lots of white light on him]– Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Earthlings [enough characters to stage an attempted human variety pack. It is recommended that the director choose individual Earthlings for the speaking parts] – That’s what we’re going for down here. It’s just so damn hard with all these effin’ circumstances.

Uncle Paul – Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

Earthlings – Dammit Uncle Paul, that’s just what many of us have been trying so hard to do and get others to do. It’s just that there’s these other people with their other prophets and different definitions of what’s good and evil. Not enough people will get on board.

Uncle Paul [inclining his head to the Earthlings and gesturing to them in blessing]- May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Earthlings – Are we to understand you correctly that the care and flourishing of every spirit and soul and body is of infinite value?

Uncle Paul – Did I not just name him the God of peace himself? The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

[Uncle Paul slowly bows his head and gradually vanishes]

Earthlings [staring desperately at the rapidly vanishing form of Uncle Paul, shouting urgently, looking around at each other and Uncle Paul] – But how will the God of peace himself do this? TELL US HOW THE GOD OF PEACE WILL DO THIS!?

[Scene ends in silence, Earthlings all staring around at each other in bewilderment, palms up. A brief moment passes, curtains close]

3 thoughts on “Advent with Uncle Paul

  1. I don’t understand the point being made in this post. Are you saying that because morality is subjective and other religions exist that it is difficult to unite enough people under one common set of rules in order to make progress? Also, the point being made that assuming every body, spirit and soul is valuable (and then that God is the one who will make them that way). Are you saying that because we do not understand how God will do this that the promise is invalid? Would love to hear this topic expanded on.


    1. If everyone is inhabited by divinity, then there’s no reason to wait around for a deity to step in and do what we can’t do. I believe planetary healing will not happen without the conviction that each individual is sacred.


      1. What do you mean when you say everyone is inhabited by divinity? Do you believe that one of the ways a deity could “step in” is by enough people living by their doctrine in order to produce change? I agree with your sentiment that healing cannot occur without believing each individual is sacred. In what ways do you think this is being ignored in the world today (by people of any faith) and what is the solution to individuals not being as sacred?


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