Reader’s Theater: Man Born Blind

Healing of the Blind Man by Brian Jekel

Those of us who preach often forget how powerful God’s Word is on its own. Far too often we torture a text: poking and prodding and dissecting and elaborating and expounding… when all is needed is to read it out loud and offer space for reflection.

Rereading the story of the man born blind this week became a perfect example of this truth. (John 9:1-41) It is both compelling and theologically significant, a treasure to be heard and savored. The experience inspired me to create a simple reader’s theater version of the story adapted from the New Living Translation.

Included in the script are optional selections from the hymn Amazing Grace (United Methodist Hymnal #378) whose lyrics are of course inspired by this text. The hymn may be sung by a soloist, a choir, the congregation or a combination thereof. It could also be used as an instrumental background, providing emphasis to the various moods of the text.

However you decide to encounter this text, I pray your experience is as life changing as the blind man’s encounter with Jesus. – Lisa <><

For a pdf of the script plus musical cues, click here
Man Born Blind Script, with music

For a pdf of the script only, click here
Man Born Blind Script

Hebrews 4:12
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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