Chords of Love(c)2006, 2008
A One Act Play - by Sue Seaman


The Players:
Jemima, Beth and Sam -

Beth works in a restaurant as a waitress. With her sparkly brown eyes, big smile and typically Caribbean cheery disposition, nobody would have guessed that in her heart, she held a secret.
Nobody one would have guessed - not even her best friend.
But the Lord knew.

Jemima:
"Itís half past twelve Beth. Weíre a bit quiet today so you can take the afternoon off - if youíd like to."

Beth:
"Thanks Jemima. I will. See you tomorrow then!"

Leaving, Beth closes the door behind her

Beth has not been gone long when a man in his early twenties, dressed in jeans and a check shirt, comes into the restaurant and sits at a table. He looks rather anxious and a little nervous.
Jemima goes across to take his order.

Jemima:
"What can I get you, honey?"

Sam:
"Just a coffee please."

Jemima:
"Nothing to go with that?"

Sam:
"Okay then. Iíll have a crocodile sandwich so make it snappy."

Jemima laughs

Jemima:
"Sorry, but weíre right out of crocodiles at the moment. Can I suggest the boiled ham?"

Sam:
"Thatíll be fine."

Jemima:
"Wonít be long."

Sam:
"Well, Iím in no hurry.

A short time later and Jemima is back with the coffee and the sandwiches.

Sam:
"Thanks Ma'am."

Jemima:
"You are welcome."

Sam:
"Nice restaurant this. Havenít been in one as nice as this before."

Jemima:
"Thanks. My husband bought it when it was just a shack of a place and he worked hard transforming it."

Sam:
"Well he did a mighty fine job."

Jemima:
"More coffee honey?"

Sam:
"I think I will. Thanks."

Jemima:
"I know most of my customers by name. Whatís yours?"

Sam:
"Sam. Iím not from around these parts. Whatís yours Maíam?"

Jemima:
"Itís Jemima. So what brings you to town?"

Sam:
"Well, Iím looking for my mama. I was told I might find her here."

Jemima:
"Whatís your mamaís name, son?"

Sam:
"Grace Allen. Do you know her?"

Jemima:
"No. I donít think I know of anyone by that name."

Sam:
"Well, I must be going. I have a lot to do. Nice talking to you - so long Maíam."

Sam gets up to leave

Jemima:
"Why donít you drop in again sometime?"

Sam:
"Yeah, I might just do that Maíam."

The next day and Beth is back at work

Jemima:
"Did you have a nice restful afternoon yesterday?"

Beth:
"Actually, no. I decided to catch up on some chores - things that I have neglected for a long time."

Jemima:
"Well, get stuck in girl, thereís a lot to be done around here this morning too."

Not long after, Sam comes through the door and sits down at the same table that he had the day before. Beth goes over to him.

Beth:
"What can I get you?"

Sam:
"Coffee and a bagel please. Iím in no hurry so just take your time Maíam."

Beth goes into the kitchen and is soon back with a tray

Beth:
"Your coffee and bagel."

Sam:
"Thanks Maíam."

Beth:
"Is there anything else?"

Sam:
"Why yeah, there is. You donít happen to know a Grace Allen, do you? I was told I might find her here. I came in yesterday afternoon and the lady over there told me she didnít know her."

Beth:
"Oh, you mean Jemima?"

Sam:
"Yeah, Jemima. You wouldnít by any chance know the name would you?"

Beth falls silent

Sam:
"Well. Do you know of anyone by the name Grace Allen, Maíam?"

At that moment Jemima indicates to Beth to serve another waiting customer to Bethís relief.

Beth:
"Sorry. I canít help you. Will you please excuse me? I have to serve another customer?"

Beth hurries away to serve another customer and Jemima walks over to Sam

Jemima:
"I couldnít help noticing that you seem a little concerned."

Sam:
"I am, Maíam. Somebody told me that I might find my mama working here. I have been trying to find her for a long time now.
You see, I was adopted when I was a baby and although my adopted parents are nice kind people, I have always longed in my heart to one day find my real mama. I want to tell her that I forgive her and that I love her. The good Lord tells us to forgive. Itís so important to me to find my mama."

Jemima:
"Whatís your mamaís name again?"

Sam:
"Grace Allen.
Iíve been searching for my mama now for many years. But Iím not gonna give up. Iíve prayed so many times that the Lord would lead me to her."

Jemima:
"Good for you son. Just keep praying and believing and you will receive the answer. The good Lord will not let you down.
I can tell that you really love your mama, even though she ran out on you all that time ago."

Sam:
"I sure do. Even though I never knew her, you could say that the cords of love still bind us together. It doesnít matter what she may have done. I have forgiven her.
Well thanks for being a good listener, Jemima Iíd best be on my way."

Sam gets up and heads towards the door

Jemima:
"I hope you find your mama."

Sam:
"Yeah, I hope so too."

Beth appears at the doorway of the kitchen just as he is leaving the restaurant

Beth:
"Heís gone then?"

Jemima:
"Yeah heís gone. Heís a very sad young man - told me that heís been looking for his mama a long time. He thought she might work here. Who in their right mind would want to pass on a message like that? Building up his hopes to find his mama. He told me that he loves his mama and has forgiven her for what she did in the past."

Beth begins to weep

Jemima:
"Why are you weeping girl? Iím, sure heíll find his Mama, one day. Godís got His hand on the situation and Samís gonna find her."

Beth:
"There is something you should know Jemima.
I am Samís Mama."

Jemima:
"You are Grace Allen?"

Beth:
"Thatís right."

Jemima:
"Why couldnít you have confided in me before?" Havenít we been friends for a long time?"

Beth:
"I felt ashamed - and guilty about giving up my baby for adoption. But I had no choice at the time. Samís Papa left me for another woman just after Sam was born and with no man to support us it was my only choice.
I know the Lord has forgiven me Ė and later I tried to find Sam. But it was too late. I had no way of tracing him. All I could do was hope and pray that maybe one day Sam would come and find me."

Jemima:
"You have nothing to be ashamed about. I would have forgiven you girl, we all make mistakes. Thatís why Jesus had to go to that old rugged cross, to set the likes of you and me free!"

Beth:
"What am I going to do?"

Jemima:
"Sit back and wait. Sam will be back in here, youíll see!
And itís clear to me that you need your son as much as he needs you. Those cords of love bind you two together and can never be broken. I do believe he knows that you are his Mama - any son like that would. I saw the expression on your face when he asked you if you knew his Mama."

Beth:
"So you think he knows who I am?"

Jemima:
"Yeah I do, girl"

Late afternoon came and Jemima is getting ready to lock up the restaurant for the night - Beth has gone to get her coat and the door opens and in walks Sam.

Jemima:
"Sorry Sam but we are just about to close."

Sam:
"You know my Mama donít you? Sheís known here as Beth Adams, but her real name is Grace Allen."

Jemima:
"Just a minute Sam. Iíll go get her."

Jemima goes to find Beth

Jemima:
"Beth, Sam is in the restaurant - he wants to speak to his Mama. Go on - donít be nervous girl. Hereís the key, lock up after you have spoken to him. Iíll slip out the back door."

Beth:
"Thanks Jemima."

Beth walks towards him

Sam:
"Hello Mama."

Beth:
"Hello son. How are you Sam?"

Sam:
"Iím OK - now that Iíve found you Mama. I just thank the Lord for bringing me here. I love you Mama."

There eyes fill with tears has they reach out to hug each other

Beth:
"I love you too Son. Iím so glad you came looking for me after all these years.
I longed for you to come and find me so many times. All I could do was pray to the Lord - and look how He answered! Those cords of love kept us close all the time that longed to hold my son again."

Sam:
"Well mama - Iím here now and from now on weíll never be apart. I would never have given up looking for you Mama even if it had taken me a lifetime."


God never gives up on us. He sent His only Son Jesus into this world to seek and to save the lost. When we are born again, we are born into Godís family. Into a new family where love binds us together and with God.
And these cords of love will never be broken. Once you are His you will always be His. Love never fails.