Letters to Elizabeth

Written and Imagined by:

Sharon Shalawylo and Jesie Browning

Can you remember what the first month with your first born was like? Remember the thrill of it? The fear of it? Mary had just given birth to our savior. The messiah, that was prophesied hundreds of years ago. She must have heard these prophecies thousands of times growing up. The bible tells us in Luke that after the shepherds were visited by the angels they rushed to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph…

(2:16-20) And there was a baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherd’s story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.

In that moment, Jesus was her son. NOT Jesus her savior, though He was in fact both.

If she had written letters to her cousin Elizabeth, we wonder if they would have gone something like this..

One month after Jesus was born…

Dear Elizabeth,

Everything that the Lord said would happen has come to pass. Jesus, our precious son was born one month ago and he is perfect. His skin is as smooth as the finest silk, his fingers are so tiny and I cannot stop kissing his sweet little baby feet. My blessings are overflowing. I know you must have felt this same way when John was born.  I think he even smiles at us. Joseph is sure of it.  We circumcised him just as Jewish custom requires and he cried so loud I could literally feel my own heart hurt. Every time he nurses upon my breast my heart is filled with a grateful unbelief that the Lord has blessed me with such a beautiful boy and with a loving husband. He has provided for me more than I could have ever imagined. We will go to the temple in a few weeks to present him as our first born and officially give him his rightful name. I am looking forward to that. Though my heart is full of joy, it also feels heavy, Elizabeth. Not everyone believes that I am a virgin.  I see women glare at me when I go to market. If only they knew! If only I knew, exactly what all of this meant? Joseph has been so patient with me. I long to be close to him but I am also nervous as well. I have given birth but never known a man. Will I be all he has desired? Please pray for us. I always keep you and little John in my prayers. Give him a hug from me and his little cousin. Give Zachoriah our blessings.  All Glory be to God. Praise Him in the highest.

Your beloved cousin in the Lord,

Mary

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