“No! No! No!” I screamed, instantly awake. A cruel, evil presence moved to possess me, discharging dense darkness. I flayed and thrashed my fists and feet like clubs and rods, desperately trying to ward off my unseen assailant. I sprang up, flinging the thin blanket completely aside, and glared several feet above my head.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/arts-essays/2019/marys-mess
An imaginative embellishment of an incident of Scripture. To this nuts and bolts old reader it is beyond the pale. Thus I find it without redemptive merit or expressive of the healing power and love of our Redeemer.
Thank-you for this creative look at this story from the female perspective. Though we don’t know exactly how Mary thought and felt…the author was able to help us see and feel what she may have experienced.
I liked it. Imaginative, evocative, modernized some, not outside the realm of possibilities. Addictions are real; demons are more real than we want to think about in our Western society.
Thanks for the reading-between-the-lines telling of this powerful story. The book of Ruth is the only scripture written from a woman’s perspective; a female author of a book of the Bible is that rare.
It is refreshing to think about this powerful story from the viewpoint of the subject, Mary Magdelene, the very one who ordained our Saviour for His tremendously stressful ordeal of enduring man’s entire load of sin on His sinless back.
A selfless, rare story.
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