Here we go again–I don’t remember much about the writing because it happened a long time ago. I do remember really getting into the heads of the three women, especially Miriam. She saw so many miracles and was such a leader among the people, and yet she fell into the sin of bitterness just like anyone else.
Ironically, that’s one comment I often hear about my book MAGDALENE. I portrayed that other Miryam as carrying a burden of bitterness even after she met the Savior, and I’ve had people say that they find that incredible.
I don’t. The disciples still squabbled among themselves after the Lord’s ascension, and they were still human, even though they had witnessed miracles and performed a few themselves (through the power of Christ).
Yet even though we may be born again and filled with the Spirit, when we turn our hearts away from following the Lord, we can fall prey to any number of human frailties. Bitterness, envy, anger, jealousy, pity–these were Miriam’s problems, and the Lord had to humble her even after her great victories.
There’s a humbling lesson in her story. For all of us.
Tomorrow: The editing