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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: The stone
By gillian liversedge
05/26/04

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The stone

Looking back, I have no idea at all if the sun shone during those few days. Rain or shine, bright or dull, I really don’t know. I do know, however, that my heart was dull and heavy.

At first, we just wept. As we attended to his body, we wept without questioning, concentrating only on the task at hand. We worked in near darkness. It suited our mood. But later, as we left that place and journeyed home, the questions came in force. Why? What had he done to make them hate him so? He brought them only love, joy, peace and hope- yet they rejected him, killing him in such a brutal way, and taking from us everything. How we wept, and how our heavy hearts wondered. Would we ever understand?

It was early in the morning three days later that we arose to tend his needs. We hadn’t slept, and were keen to be near him again. At least, that morning, we had a question that maybe we could answer- who would roll away the stone for us? I thought that it would be easier to remove that stone from his tomb than to take the heavy stone from within my heart.

Then as we approached, another puzzle. The stone was gone, pushed to one side, and the tomb lay empty. Distraught, I looked about wildly, seeking an answer. The gardener was there, and I cried out to him, “Sir, they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have put him!” Then He spoke.
“Mary!” I fell to my knees and wept, for it was He!

“Go and tell the others,” He said. “I am not dead, but alive!” Such joy, such lightness filled my heart. Darkness and heaviness all gone, because the Son Himself was shining down on me!


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Marie B. Corso05/31/04
I always love Bible stories re-told. Well done.
Deborah Porter 06/01/04
Lovely re-telling Gillian. I hadn't realised who it was about until I reached the line, "What had he done to make them hate him so?"

Lovely ending too! With love, Deb
L.M. Lee06/01/04
always enjoying reading others views of what the moments would have been like for Bible characters. I think it helps us understand God better.
Annette Agnello06/01/04
Well done! I had just begun to suspect what you were talking about but the POV was a total surprise. He is alive indeed! I voted for you.
Melanie Kerr 06/02/04
This is lovely, but I think you needed to plumb the depths of Mary’s emotions more fully. There are hints like “heavy stone from within my heart” but I think you could have gone much deeper.
Dian Moore06/02/04
Good job! I was so drawn in by the first couple of paragraphs and thought it a story about a missionary - and so it was - the greatest one. Thank you!
Donna Smith06/04/04
Gave me chills. At first I was wondering who died? You took me right into the story-loved it
B Price06/04/04
good title for it, and a great bible story told in another way.
Enjoyed it.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
I really liked your re-relling of this story. Wouldn't it have been incredible to have been Mary at the tomb!! I just love imagining I was there.
Marcell Billinghurst06/07/04
What an excellent way to tell this story, By putting yourself in the shoes of one who was there. Well done. Keep writing