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Monday, 20 September 2021 07:00

Moments with Mary #2

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When I was a little girl of 8 or 9 years old my dad spent some time working in France. On one of his trips, he visited Lourdes and brough back some Holy Water for my sisters and me. I heard about the miracles that had happened in Lourdes and desired one of my own. I have worn glasses since I can remember, and back when I was in primary school, I was one of the only kids who did, meaning I would often get teased for it.

2021.53.MOMENTS WITH MARY 2.MAIN BLOG IMAGESo the miracle I decided to pray for was the healing of my eyes. I knew it was possible I think, because Jesus had healed blind people in the bible – so I asked Mary to ask him to heal me. Every day I would place a small amount of the water on my finger and rub it all over my eyes, praying that I would receive the miraculous gift of my physical sight being healed. I cannot really remember how long I continued to pray in this way for, but I did not get this miracle I longed for – or so I thought.

Many years later, in fact only about three years ago, I was drawn back to this experience of child-like faith. I sat with it, pondering why it had returned to me at that time in such vivid detail, to the point that I could see myself in my bedroom sitting on my floor near the shelf where I kept the Holy Water. And then I realised that I had been given my miracle – just not in the way that I had expected. I did not receive the miracle of fully restored physical sight, but instead the far greater gift of spiritual sight, of faith in God.

I believe that my prayer opened my eyes to see God and become aware of the power of having him present and working on my life. Of course, this prayer is one that God can and does answer in ever-growing ways right throughout our lives. In all of this, I connected more deeply with Mary as my mother – as one, who like her Son, knows my needs in a far greater way than what I do.

Mel Edwards