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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: Mary's Motherhood Ponderings
By Lynda Lee Schab
04/11/06


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Dear Diary,

The joy I am feeling right now is indescribable! God has chosen me – ME! – to give birth to His son. Can you imagine? A lowly, virgin girl from Nazareth, Mother to the Savior of the world! It is beyond my comprehension. But I am God’s servant and I trust Him completely. What an honor to be used in this way! I cannot wait to tell Elizabeth!


Dear Diary,

My belly is becoming more and more swollen. Joseph teases that soon I will need to use the tent for a dress. I love everything about being pregnant, especially feeling the baby kick. Once, I was holding a glass of milk against me and he kicked so hard the liquid spilled over. I suspect it won’t be long before I am holding him in my arms. I cannot wait for that day!


Dear Diary,

Our beautiful son was born! In an animal stable, of all places. But even there, it was perfect. The pain was great but the result was greater. I am in awe of this tiny being that God says will bring peace and joy and salvation to the world. How he intends to do it, I do not know. In the meantime, I will enjoy the miracle of motherhood. God help me be a good mother to your son.


Dear Diary,

Jesus is certainly a rambunctious child! He is full of energy and life and I get so much joy simply watching him play. He is a well-behaved child but he still manages to wear me out! Joseph helps me and is such a wonderful father to Jesus. He feels blessed to have been chosen as the man to raise the son of God. I think I am the one who is blessed.


Dear Diary,

Motherhood brought me great fear and panic last week. When traveling home from the Passover Festival, Jesus secretly stayed behind in Jerusalem. When we realized he was missing, we immediately turned around and went back for him. For three whole days we searched for Jesus. Imagine our surprise to find him speaking with religious leaders in the Temple. The words of wisdom coming out of his mouth amazed us but that did not excuse the fact that he put his father and me through such a frantic ordeal. When I confronted Jesus, he offered no apology. Sometimes I am perplexed by my son’s thoughts and ways. But at least he was safe. That gives me great comfort.


Dear Diary,

Jesus is growing into such a fine man. I could not ask for a more kind, gentle and respectful son. He has a terrific sense of humor and makes me laugh often. I may be biased, but he is very handsome as well. Unlike other men his age, however, he does not let his good looks go to his head. He is the most humble and gracious man I know. It is obvious he takes after his Father in every way, although I think he does have my nose.


Dear Diary,

They want to kill my Jesus! My heart is breaking not only because he is my son but because he has done nothing wrong! Their accusations are ridiculous and unfounded. The only thing Jesus is guilty of is of speaking the truth. He brings joy and healing wherever he goes – is that now a crime? I beg God every day to put a stop to this madness. I do not think I can take much more.


Dear Diary,

The sorrow I am feeling right now is indescribable! My baby was crucified yesterday, nails hammered into His hands and feet. I could not bear to watch, yet could not manage to tear my eyes away from his. I do not understand how God could let this happen to my – to His – son. A mother should not have to watch her child die.


Dear Diary,

My son is alive! I saw him for myself! The purpose for his death has become crystal clear to me. He died so the world might live! My son paid the price for all of mankind! I am in awe of my God. My God, who placed His seed in my virgin womb. My God, who raised His son from the dead on the third day. I did not understand before, but I understand now. God’s plan of salvation has now been fulfilled. Just as He promised! Praise be to the God most high!



“But Mary quietly pondered these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Luke 2:19


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Karri Compton04/13/06
Beautiful!
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/14/06
I enjoyed this. :-) Whatch for things to give authenticity to the time period. I noticed "a glass of milk" in the second entry...I don't think a Hebrew in Bible times drank out of glasses. Good job.
Suzanne R04/15/06
This is lovely.

Just one suggestion...... You use a lot of desciptions like 'indescribable', and 'rambuctious' etc ... could you show us rather than tell us?

Just a suggestion. Overall, I think you've fitted a lot in and given us a glimpse into the mind of a special lady. I especially liked Joseph's quip about the tent ;-)
Pat Guy 04/15/06
This gave me chills to glimpse into the heart of Mary. I think we wanted more because a diary is more of a telling thing when what we want is to experience the depth of the times, but this encourages us to begin thinking about the gravity of the situation from the mother's point of veiw - and that's a good thing. Great format with even greater potential.
Venice Kichura04/15/06
Good job!
Lynda Schultz 04/15/06
Well done. We know Mary "pondered", and now we have insight into what she might have "pondered" on. One detail - a mother always thinks her son is handsome, but Isaiah seems to indicate that Jesus had nothing about him that was physically attractive. You might want to adjust that. Great writing though.
Linda Germain 04/15/06
What a blessing to read this a few hours before Easter morning! It gives even more poignancy(if that's possible) to the story on which Christians place all faith. Beautifully done.
Jan Ackerson 04/17/06
I love this glimpse into Mary's thoughts and emotions. I don't think they had diaries back then, though, so I wonder if you'd consider re-visiting this as just a series of thought-vignettes, perhaps set apart by a few asterisks? It would make it seem more true to its setting. As far as the actual entries--just wonderful, you really showed us her motherly heart.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/18/06
I loved this 'between-the-lines' look into the ponderings and innermost thoughts of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Nicely done. And Linda S. has already mentioned about the appearance of Jesus in scripture, but I think we human parents are usually biased on that subject, nevertheless. (smile) Thank you for sharing your version of Mary's secret ponderings with us.
Beth Muehlhausen04/18/06
A sweetly-told and very clear look inside Mary's heart. Nice job!
Carla Feagans04/19/06
Perfect timing for the week of Easter. You did a wonderful job of showing us Mary's heart. I agree with the comments about the glass of milk and use of Dear Diary, and I think if you had more words available you could flesh some of this out more. Overall, I really enjoyed this and you did a great job bringing us inside Mary's head.
Linda Watson Owen04/19/06
Creative idea! Mary's diary! You've managed to capture details of a very wide time span in a 750 word limit. Not easy! I love the 'slip' Mary had in saying 'my..your son'. That's so profound. We do that all the time, don't we...saying 'my' to God when it should be 'your'!
beatrice ofwona05/09/10
I loved it. Was there a pre-determined wordcount on this? If not you should have given us more of Christ as we see him in the Gospels. Anyway, lovely.Read one of my postings-'woman where are your accusers' and meet with the adult Jesus.