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Dear Jesus, by Laurie Darroch-Meekis (Unsent Letters Religion Theme)

Dear Jesus,

I have often wondered if I would have had the courage to stand against the throngs of persecutors calling for your death and say, “He is the savior. He is the son of God. I believe in him.” Would I have dared to be brave or would I have been like Peter denying you to the earthly powers that were back then, out of fear of retaliation?I saw an old movie once about your life and death. On the day of your death, they portrayed you stumbling down the street, your forehead dripping blood into your eyes from the thorny crown you wore. The crowd was jeering, saying, “Crucify him!” But one lone soul offered you water to ease your suffering a little bit while you walked stooped, dragging the heavy cross bar to your own death.If that really happened that way, I would have liked to have been that person who offered you a kindness with no thought for themselves. I would have wanted to show such faith in the face of anger and denial from the masses of people, strength in adversity. I would have loved to have shared with them in that simple gesture, in my actions, what I had learned from you, how I believed, that what you taught on your short stay on earth was the true word, that you had made a difference in my life. You made my life.I know you had to die. I know this was what your father, my Father had planned. I realize that the only way you could be reborn for all eternity was to die and by doing so you gave us the same gift. I understand that your death gave all of us life.

But sometimes I think, Did you have to suffer so much in your death? Then I realize if you had not, it would not have made the impression it did. No one would have paid attention when you disappeared from your tomb. There would have been no throngs of people watching you slowly die. There is purpose in everything I guess, even the torturous death of the Son of God.

Maybe I wouldn’t be sitting here so long after you died on the cross, writing to you in another country far away from the hill on Calvary, composing this letter to you. Perhaps I wouldn’t be following what you taught long ago, an ageless message that is constantly renewed every year at the anniversary of your death and rebirth, an Easter blessing.

When I lived in the Middle East and was in places you may have traveled I often wondered then, Was he here? Am I stepping where Jesus walked? It was very humbling imagining that possibility, knowing that I could be walking on soil that my Savior had walked on.

I know when I stood in the hills of Lebanon, in a small village looking south towards the Golan Heights, hearing explosions in the distance, that I felt you there. At that moment every bible story I had ever been taught or read myself, became alive. I knew you were with me there. I bowed my head for a minute or two and thanked you for dying for me. I will never forget that moment. In the distance the howl of what I was told by the locals was a wolf, who lived in a distant hill, echoed my feelings. I was calling to you there and you heard me.

Here and now I hope I have the courage to stand and say aloud to anyone who will listen,” Here is your sip of water, my Jesus, my Lord. I am not ashamed or afraid to let people know I am your follower.”

I humbly thank you for your gift, given in love.

Your daughter,
Laurie

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Laurie Darroch-Meekis began writing stories, poetry and lyrics the moment she realized the alphabet had the power to create and to move people. She discovered that writing could take her anywhere she wanted to go, even if she had to create the places herself. She is the featured poet in Elements of the Soul, A Short Story Anthology, due to be published in 2009. You can visit her author’s website here: http://darroch-meekis.webnode.com/

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11 Responses to “Dear Jesus, by Laurie Darroch-Meekis (Unsent Letters Religion Theme)”

  1. Gillian says:

    A very moving letter Laurie.

  2. Susan says:

    Laurie, this was absolutely beautiful. Unwavering faith, given freely and in any form, is a beautiful thing.

  3. Cathy Doheny says:

    Eloquent and very moving, Laurie!

  4. Andi Caldwell says:

    Poetry in every word. Very moving and heartfelt.

  5. Linda St.Cyr says:

    This is a very heartfelt letter… I’m glad you shared it.

  6. Angel says:

    Love this letter, Laurie. You faith shines through!

  7. Cindy says:

    Your faith is shining through :)

  8. Borgieskid says:

    Thank you Laurie.. this is such a beautiful and heartfelt letter. As a Christian too, I have often wondered the same things as you. But you put those questions into a beautiful and eloquent letter.. something most of us would not have the words for. Thank you for writing what many of us feel.

  9. Quite beautiful, Laurie, thank you for sharing.

  10. Terasee says:

    Thank you Laurie! Just beautiful!

  11. Diuchecic says:

    now I’ll stay tuned..

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