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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Of Blood and Spirit
By Rita Horten
05/23/08


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Of Blood and Spirit


“Mary, are you rested after your journey from Nazareth? I remember the first three months of pregnancy. I was so tired, but I feel wonderful right now, even youthful!”
Elizabeth’s laughter gladdened Mary’s heart.

“Dear Elizabeth, I am so grateful that Mother sent me to you. I know that she is burdened about how the village will respond to me, should Joseph decide to put me away. She is just concerned for my safety, but I must trust the Lord that Joseph’s heart will be softened and he will believe me.”

“That’s where your mother and my mother were alike, always loving, always protective. Mary, so many wondrous things are happening and I am certain that our Lord has chosen to include you and me, his lowly maidservants, to be a part of something miraculous! Why else would he give me, a woman of old age, a child at this time in my life? My baby leaped for joy in my womb when you came into my house!
And you, Mary, you have been chosen to be the mother of all mothers, what an honor our Lord has bestowed upon you. He has recognized your faithfulness and pure heart toward Him.
I believe that Joseph loves you and he is a just man. He will do what is right. In his heart, he knows you are faithful. Our Lord will set him right, I know it. Joseph has been chosen of the Lord to be a very important part of everything that the Lord is preparing for all of us.”

“I sense that our Lord is preparing something great as well. I sense it in my spirit. Why else would I conceive His child? I still cannot comprehend what has happened. Why me, to be honored to carry Yahweh’s child, why a conception in this manner and now? This is a difficult thing for me, but I trust Yahweh and I believe in His promises and the prophesies. I am overjoyed to be a part of it, yet my heart has this sorrow that I cannot explain away.”

“I sense it to, my child. I thought maybe I was feeling such because of my age and I may not live to see my child grow to maturity, but this sorrow is something beyond that. It is a burden of sorrow in my spirit as well, and I have prayed; yet it remains. A mother’s heart, I suppose. Ah, but we are to rejoice, now. We have three months together to ponder such things in our hearts.
If only Zacharias could speak, I know he would have much to tell us both. Mary, the look on his face when he came out of the temple…he saw a vision, I know it. His countenance was changed. He looks at me differently and he spends more time on his face before the Lord than ever before. Yes, for us to both be pregnant now, at this time, it is the beginning of something that will change our world, I know that in my spirit. You are carrying our Messiah in your womb, Mary, and that is why my baby rejoiced when you came into our presence. I am so honored that you are here.”

“It is I who am honored, Elizabeth, for I believe that your child will be the one to announce this Messiah, he will be the one to prepare the way.”


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Sara Harricharan 05/29/08
This is great! I love the cousin angle here for Mary and Elizabeth-this is good! ^_^
Marlene Austin05/29/08
Nice introspection of the relationship between these two well-known cousins. Good job. :)
Angie Phillips06/01/08
I immediately thought of the cousin relationship of Elizabeth and Mary, as well. I really like how well you illustrated the narrative in the form of a dialogue. Enjoyed it!
Edmond Ng 06/03/08
Glad to be reading more Bible related stories at Challenge after so much of fiction. You've written well in injecting new POV and insights to the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. Keep up the good work.