catapult magazine

catapult magazine

Vol 4, Num 20 :: 2005.11.04 — 2005.11.17


Our Dinner

If what Shakespeare says is true, ?All the world is a stage and men are merely players,? are we merely reluctantly moving through the developmental stages of life to personhood and then demise? How does this notion reconcile with the catechistic notion that ?the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever?? This scenario introduces a hopeful play about a relationship based on goodness.

Consider this slice of life written in play form:

The Setting: the kitchen eating area

The Chorus: the ?aliens on the earth? (three male children under age 10)

The Protagonist: one without a clear vision of what God hath wrought in this scenario

The Scene: eating dinner

The Action: The eldest member of the chorus breaks from conformity and becomes the Antagonist, pressing a previously installed button in the Protagonist. Engages in male mischief, belching, shooting baby carrots from one?s nostrils or the like.

The Protagonist resorts to corrective measures. She abjures the child to leave the room and enter once again with a different disposition. Preferably like an angelic seraphim with wings so busy there is not time for mischief.

The theater game of exits and entrances is repeated multiple times with only minimal control by the Protagonist.

Our scene is lacking the omniscient Stage Manager of Our Town to provide perspective. He did not speak then and now 15 years hence hasn?t offered his comment.

My question is, ?Did I engage in this exercise for my own comfort or for God?s glory?? Only my ?Audience of One? can decide. Thankfully my actions can yet be redeemed in the lives of the other players.

Thanks be to God, who holds comforting keys to our eternal exit.

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