Saturday, December 14, 2013

Dear Mary...

"Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God."

Dear Mary,
2013 years ago, you were approached by an Angel of the Lord who told you that you would bear the Son of God, as a virgin, chosen by God Himself. You were so young, were you afraid? All the emotions you must have experienced at that moment, the fear, the uncertainty, the excitement? Of all the people on the planet at that time, you and you alone would bear God in your womb. As your belly grew, what was it like? The connection of feeling this most important miracle move inside your body. God watched over you and protected you, Mary. You could have easily been stoned to death when the people saw that you were pregnant before marriage, but you weren't. He kept you safe and healthy until that most fateful day. As you felt ready to give birth to God, were you afraid? Knowing you were running out of time and still had not found shelter? But you did.

"So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn." Luke 2:6-7

As you watched your Son grow, He must have been the most joyous child and the most helpful one! For 30 years, your Son, the Son of man, the only perfect being to have ever walked this planet, lived with you and you beheld Him. What was it like? Was He funny? Was He sweet? I'm sure you never had to ask if He was telling the truth, because you heard truth itself whenever He spoke. He must have been the most incredible and fulfilling thing to have ever happened in your life! When you asked Him to do something, He must have done it with beyond perfection! When He had to leave home for His ministry, it must have been so hard for you to see Him leave you after having Him by your side for so many beautiful years. Were you proud, Mary? When word reached your ears about His healing the lame, the lepers, the blind, the sick, even the dead? Were you surprised at all that your Son was walking on water and calming storms? You knew time was drawing near, you heard Him speak about it many times. I would have hoped and prayed that there was some other way, but you were a servant of God and trusted Him.

The day arrived; that most terrible day for you to have witnessed, for any mother to have to witness. How your heart must have been bleeding inside as you watched your sweet and innocent child being beaten, shamed, flesh being torn from his raw wounds. How were you able to bear it? As a mother myself, I could hardly allow the faintest of thoughts about my children being hurt without tears burning my eyes and pain in my heart.. but you chose to stay and see, He must have felt comfort knowing you were there, His mother. You must have been overwhelmed and overjoyed when at last He rose and defeated death and sin itself! Did you know the impact His death and resurrection would have 2013 years later?? He has changed my life, Mary. I have accepted Him as my beautiful Savior. I know that you are in blissful paradise now by His side  forevermore. I wanted to thank you, Mary. Thank you for obeying God and carrying this miracle. Thank you for raising Him and loving and caring for Him. Thank you for allowing Him to die for my sins.

                                                              Yours Truly,
                                                             Lisette Lopez