Mary DID Know…

” Mary did you know? ”

Dear Reader:

I have always loved the melody and lyrics to the hauntingly beautiful Christmas song- ” Mary Did You Know?” However… this time when I read each stanza-the one important question not asked was: ” Mary did you know your Son will die upon a cross for all our sins?”

Quinn Caldwell… ” All I Really Want” in his December 28 reading calls Mary-the Queen of Heaven-she certainly earned the title.

” In fact Mary is the only one. She’s the only one who was there at both the beginning and the end. Joseph wasn’t. Peter wasn’t. Judas wasn’t, The shepherds and the wise men and the animals weren’t.

Not Caesar, Pilate, Caisphas, , the Centurion, the thieves, or the crowds. She was the only one who was there for him at his first breath and his last. The only one who went the whole journey with him.

Do you think she knew? Do you think she knew when she cried out in labor what other cries she would cry? When she wrapped him in bands of cloth, do you think she knew she would tie his winding sheet as well? And if so… why did she do it? Why didn’t she say “No” to the angel? Hadn’t she seen enough mothers holding enough dead sons to know … especially through Roman atrocities ?

But then didn’t she understand that she was setting the example for all mothers to come across the globe losing sons to wars, gangs, drugs, terrorism, etc.?

Do you think she saw all those mothers and all those broken hearts and knew that they would need to be fed with the milk of Hope and Strength… and that’s why she did it? Of course it is.”

So until tomorrow …A Mother’s Love -the greatest love

Remember dear readers- Thanks to the birth of Christ… we should have discovered that we are all ” Enough just as we are.”

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

By New Year’s … Big Red will be in full bloom-just in time for the New Year-2020

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to Mary DID Know…

  1. What a great question: Did Mary know? If she understood that she was carrying the Messiah, then having learned the readings of Isaiah or heard them in the temple, she knew of the Suffering Savior, and that he would be wounded and beaten and die for the sins of the world, then she knew contemplated these things in her heart. But knowing didn’t minimize the pain when death came to her son. Knowing the ending and saying yes was part of her courage act. I liked this post. The question would make a great sermon. Happy New Year!


  2. Pat MCTEER Jackson says:

    My Favorite also! Merry Christmas! Love you!


  3. Rachel Edwards says:

    So true…all of it….heard a sermon one time that none of the men in his life stayed when He was in the cross…but the women did …


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