Poem: A Lesson on Love from Mary of Bethany

Written By Raiza Javier, Philippines

I know exactly what Love looks like.
I knew it the moment He stole my heart.
Love was when He came to our home.
My sister, Martha, and I were there and we welcomed Him.
He spoke to me as I sat and listened by His feet.
Love was when He treated me as an equal,
In a culture where women are looked down upon.
Love was when He took delight in my yearning for His words.
Love was what I felt there and then.

I know exactly what Love looks like.
I knew it the moment He changed my life.
Love was when He treated my brother, Lazarus, as His friend.
When my brother died, I couldn’t do anything to save him
Except to seek help from the man who loved him.
Love was when He came to Judea to see my brother.
It was four days since he was buried.
Love was when He wept for Lazarus’ death.
Love was when He asked to open the tomb,
He said we would see God’s glory if we believed.
Love was when they took the stone away and
He called my brother’s name.
Love was when He raised my brother to life.
Love was what filled my heart.

I know exactly what Love looks like.
I knew it the moment I wanted to serve only Him.
Love was what’s in my heart when I poured expensive perfume on His feet
And wiped it with my hair.
The fragrance filled the entire room and He was pleased.
He said it was in preparation for His burial,
I didn’t understand what He meant, but
Love was what led me to worship Him.

I know exactly what Love looks like.
Love is when the man who did no wrong,
But performed miracles and changed people’s lives,
took the cross and shame for us.
Love was when He suffered the pain that should have been for sinners.

Love died.
But Love rose again.
And Love gave us life.
Love is forgiveness.
Love is Him.

I know exactly what love feels like.
Love is what I feel in my heart every time I sit by His feet.
Love is what leads me to worship Him, because
Love saves.
Love is alive.
Love is Jesus.

[Inspired by Luke 10:41-42; John 11:4-5, and John 12:1-8]

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