Song: “In the Garden” composer – Austin Miles
Puppet 1: Hey! Did you ever hear of the story about Alice in Wonderland?
Puppet 2: I think I did ….. a long time ago. I kind of forget how the story went.
Puppet 1: Alice was sitting with her sister listening to a book Alice, oh Alice where will you be found. Are you dreaming with book in your hand. Time is short, stop, you’ll never turn around, or you’ll be in wonderland.
Puppet 2: Now you sound like a poet. What happened to Alice?
Puppet 1: She fell asleep and saw this rabbit that was going somewhere.
Puppet 2: What did she do?
Puppet 1: She followed the rabbit up to this small door.
Puppet 2: Did she go through the door?
Puppet 1: She saw a sign that said. “Drink me”,
Puppet 2: Did Alice drink the liquid.
Puppet 1: Yes, she did. Then she saw another sign that said, “Eat me”.
Puppet 2: What did she do them?
Puppet 1: She ate the cake. When she ate the cake she became so small that she was then able to fit through the door.
Puppet 2: What was through the door?
Puppet 1: She saw the rabbit run down a long hallway and disappear.
Puppet 2: That wasn’t nice. Was she scared?
Puppet 1: She was until a fox cam along and helped her find where the party was going on. Alice joined the party of animals in the tunnel. They had a good time until the wicked queen appeared.
Puppet 2: Well, what happened then?
Puppet 1: The wicked queen frightened them all away. She tried to get Alice to go with her, but Alice started running and screaming so loudly.
Puppet 2: Now I remember. When Alice awoke she was still screaming. Her sister had a hard time getting her to clam down. Alice kept saying, where is the rabbit? Where is the rabbit? I saw a rabbit.
Puppet 1: That’s right. Then her sister told her she had had a bad dream, and Alice started crying.
Puppet 2: And sniffling..
Puppet 1: And more sniffling
Puppet 2: And even more sniffling, until…
Puppet 1: Until what?
Puppet 2: Until I don‘t know.
Puppet 1: This story reminds me of the vision that Austin Miles had.
Puppet 2: Austin Miles! Who’s he?
Puppet 1: He was asked to write a song that would help people to feel hopeful and that would bring rest for those whom were weary.
Puppet 2: Well?
Puppet 1: He had a vision that he was sitting in a dark room.
Puppet 2: Sounds scary.
Puppet 1: It was serious. While he was sitting in that dark room he thought of Jesus and Mary in the Bible. He started to see the scene in his vision when Mary knelt before the Lord.
Puppet 2: Wow!
Puppet 1: He then saw a vision of an entrance of a garden. It had a winding path that was shaded with olive trees. There was a woman there too, who looked liked Mary. She was weeping. Then John appeared and looked at the tomb. After John came Peter who looked also. John and Peter finally left the tomb, and then Mary appeared again. Mary knelt down as she saw Jesus appeared. She cried in happiness.
Puppet 2: I bet she was happy to see Jesus alive.
Puppet 1: All of the sudden Austin Miles awoke from his vision> He found he was holding his bible tightly in his hands. He was so inspired that he wrote the song “In the Garden” that very evening.
Puppet 2: That is something! How does the song go?
Puppet 1: I come to the garden along, while the dew is still on the roses and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses. Oh he walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am his own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there none other has ever known.
Puppet 2: That is a song to help people feel rested from their weariness.
Puppet 1: Yes, it is. And I am also glad for good dreams.
Puppets 1 & 2: Sweet Dreams! Goodbye. See yaw next week. (Bow and Exit)
©Kidzministry.net Jeanne McIntosh 2004. All rights reserved. Reference used: 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck 2004