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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Reading your account brought me to tears. I can see Mary in my mind’s eye, saying these things, her heart breaking. Amazed, she rejoiced with the wonderful news that her son, the God-man she raised from birth truly accomplished what He said he would. Thank you. Have a blessed Easter.

  2. Jen,
    Thank you for beautifully and agonizingly sharing what Mary must have felt. Any mother seeing her child go through something like that would have been horrified. I can’t even begin to grasp it. Especially knowing what she knew- knowing He was the Son of God and truly innocent of any wrongdoing. Yet Jesus went forward. He followed His Father’s plan to the end. He sacrificed not only His life, but His own Holy will to that of His Father. I pray that His sacrifice would live in my heart….that I would lay down my life, take up my cross, and follow Him. Less of me. More of Him. Not for my glory, but so that others would be directed toward Him. That is my Easter prayer. Thank you for this raw glimpse into the thoughts of Mary….may I carry that with me today as a reminder of what Jesus did for me.
    Easter Blessings…He is RISEN!!
    Bev xx

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Her perspective was unlike any other, and I love that you have shared your version with us. Thank you! As the Easter bunny makes his rounds today, may this stay in our minds and hearts. Happy Resurrection Day!!!

  4. Happy Easter to you all!!!! So grateful for your encouraging words and prayers every day! May the love of our Jesus be with you today and always and may we always remember because He lives so do we… ❤

  5. Jen, your “attempt” as you call it is great, I may give it a try myself. I held a baby boy the other day and can’t even conceive the horror of watching Him grow into manhood and experience that.

  6. Jennifer,

    What a poignant look at Jesus’ death through Mary’s eyes. I often times have trouble fathoming why He would die such a horrible death for me–little old me.! I can’t comprehend why or how he was able to withstand all the pain and agony-for a world & people that didn’t seem to care for Him. What amazes me is that Mary said nothing. It is like she understood He had to do this. Perhaps she was in such shock & fearful of the Roman soldiers. Beautifully written. Praise God He is Risen! We know thanks to the empty tomb!!

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Jennifer, you might enjoy a song my husband wrote this year entitled “A Mother’s Love” that echos the thoughts you have so vividly expressed. My husband, William C. (Bill) Cook) wrote the lyrics, along with Jennifer McCallister of New Salem, and the song was a runner-up in the 2016 Singing News songwriting contest. You may listen on FB: New Salem or Angela Cook. We are blessed by your writing Thank you!