(Matt. 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)
By Franice Stirling
Props: Small table and bread crumbs
Dog is sitting under the table looking up hopefully. Some crumbs fall on the floor and it quickly eats them up.
Dog: I just love meal time.
Narrator: Of course, you get a nice bowl of food.
Dog: Oh, that is nice, but I was referring to when the children eat.
Narrator: Why do you like when the children eat?
Dog: They are messy.
Narrator: That sound disgusting, not nice.
Dog: I think it is nice. They spill, they drop, and they make crumbs - all over the floor.
Narrator: Oh, I see. And you are there to clean up the messes.
Dog: Right. And some of their messes are very tasty.
Narrator: Well, I guess dogs have been doing that job for a long time.
Dog: Thousands of years, in fact. Do you remember the woman who wanted Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter?
Narrator: At first Jesus didn’t say anything.
Dog: His disciples begged him to send her away, but he didn’t. He said he was only sent to the people of Israel.
Narrator: Then the woman fell on her knees at his feet and begged for help.
Dog: Jesus pretended to be gruff. He said, “I can’t take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.”
Narrator: The disciples thought the woman was like a dog and only Jews should get the special miracles that Jesus performed.
Dog: The woman wasn’t put off, though. She said, “The little dogs get the crumbs that the children drop.”
Narrator: I can imagine Jesus smiled at that reply.
Dog: Jesus told her that she had great faith and her daughter was healed.
Narrator: And her daughter was healed that very moment.
Dog: Oops! I just love meal time.
Narrator could be a person or another animal.