Yes&No

Y E S  &  N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
The emptiness. The longing. When every yes seems to have turned to no. When all the doors are closing. When there is nowhere to turn and discomfort is our only companion. When all the hopes and dreams seem to have come to nothing. These in-between yes/no days.
Luke 25 v 55-56

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I was the governor, the man with all the power… yes. Yet, as I eyed him there, broken, bruised, weak, I was the one secretly feeling a little helpless. Should I say yes to their demands… or no? Yes or no? My heart was racing…
Matthew 27 v 11-26

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I voted on a hill. A cross placed publicly. Not hidden away, but out there. A totally exposed and vulnerable ‘yes’. A vote for the people. I am on your side. I am with you. In the worst that this broken world can hurl at you. In the confusion and fear. I am there. Yes.
Matthew 27 v 45-46

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
A ground shaking affirmative. A negative stone shoved aside. I smiled as I stepped free, yawned, felt the life surging back into my battered body. The trees whispered a yes as I waited. And keep waiting… for the next person who will notice what has happened.
John 20

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
His humble entrance spoke volumes. His quiet yes offered in a restless sea of negative clamour, those wanting to prove their no was right, with their noise and power-playing. His calm presence offered them a yes.
John 12 v 15

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
A startling no and yes all mixed together. A whip-cracking no to those who would misuse religion, money and power. A welcoming, smiling yes to the relegated and the young, the overlooked and non-celebrities.
Matthew 21 v 12-16

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
That longing, that soul-deep desire to say yes to those who would hold him away. Like a hen rescuing her chicks from harm in a farmyard fire, giving her own life to shelter those she loves. That’s how far he will go.
Matthew 23 v 37

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
Her yes fills the house with the sweetest smell. An aroma that will linger for a long while, through the following days of sacrifice, suffering, surrender and grave busting. Her courageous yes may by criticised by those who don’t understand, but it will go down in history. And stand as encouragement to us. Today.
John 12

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
He said yes and then he wavered! Didn’t come. So I was confused. Lost. And broken. My pain fuelled my fears. If he had come when he said yes, we would have been three, not two. He saw my tears and cried too. Then he did the last thing I expected.
John 11 v 17-21

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I thought I was too old to say yes. Of course I did. Forty years ago things were different. I tried back then. It was a big yes from me then. But I failed. So now I’m old, and haunted by that failure, and yet here I am saying yes.
Exodus 4 v 18

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
Yes. I’ll go. I heard myself saying it. For the second time. The first time I said yes, I meant no. Now, covered in stomach juices and half digested plankton, my yes meant yes. Believe me.
Jonah 2 v 9

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
No wasn’t an option. He reminded me of that but I knew it anyway. So I did what I could, what I knew to be best. I fell on my knees and called out for God’s help. For his wisdom and ideas and strength. Best thing I did.
Esther 4 v 13-16

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
No need to add ifs and buts, or maybes or so whats, or swaggering extras to prove your point. If it’s yes – it’s yes, if it’s no – it’s no. That’s it. You got it.
Matthew 5 v 37

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes because I thought he might be hungry. After all it was only a bagful. And a small bag at that. Just enough for one or two. Not five thousand. So I offered it.
John 6 v 8-9

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
My husband was a fool. A rich fool. Said his no with a smirk. That’s why I grabbed everything and ran, to set things straight, to change his no to a resounding yes. I knew what I was doing. I’m not a fool.
1 Samuel 25 v 23-28

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
He said yes and then he wavered! Didn’t come. So I was confused. Lost. And broken. My pain fuelled my fears. If he had come when he said yes, we would have been three, not two. He saw my tears and cried too. Then he did the last thing I expected.
John 11 v 17-21

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
Yes. That’s who he is. The can-do Son. The one who opens doors no one can close. Not a yes-man, but a man in whom we may find a Yes to our longings for purpose and meaning and value and hope and courage.
2 Corinthians 1 v 19

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes because the nudge wouldn’t go away. Every time I looked up of a night. Every time I surveyed the horizon. That push to leave here and go there. Into the unknown.
Genesis 12 v 1

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I wanted to say yes, with every fibre of my being. But I said no, refused even though I was terrified; but some strength, some help from another dimension urged me on.
Daniel 6 v 7-10

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes, because I was on their side, had always been on their side, and now this fact would be writ large on a global hillside, forever.
Isaiah 53 v 11

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes, because I could see the need, could sense how important it was to do something, and because I couldn’t find it in myself to say no.
Isaiah 6 v 8

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said no, because there was so much at stake, this wasn’t just about bread, this was about feeding the world, offering living bread, eternal food… a heavenly banquet.
Matthew 4 v 4

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said no, because… look, just because I have money that’s no reason for you to judge me… it doesn’t make me a bad person… so I said no because it seemed unfair, too much, I’m still weighing it up.
Matthew 19 v 22

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes, because there was something about him, a light in his eyes, hope in his smile, strength in his demeanour, just something. Something honest, something true.
Mark 2 v 14

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said no, not in so many words, but with my actions. I got confused, lost my way. And I got the feeling he could see me unravelling. So I said, no… and they say now that he turned my negative into a positive.
Matthew 26 v 14-16

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said yes. Oh yes. A big fat affirmative yes. It was the best thing I ever did.
Luke 19 v 5

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I said no. Well, come on! It was my day off. I was busy chillin’, taking it easy. Feet up, brains on ice. So I said no. Then I said yes.
Matthew 21 v 29

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I wish I’d said yes. Had the chance and blew it. But you know – it doesn’t haunt me now. Doesn’t keep me awake. Cause I met him on the shore, and we chatted. And that time… I said yes.
Luke 22 v 55-57

Y E S & N O
50 Short Biblical Monologues
I wanted to say no, I really did, I tried, but she wouldn’t listen, she was intent on doing it. Sticking with me. So I had to say yes. No just went over head. Thank goodness.
Ruth 1 v 18

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