MARY, MARY ... QUITE CONTRARY

 

 

 

We have created this Memorial to Mary (Contrary) at the request of our friend Sassy. This page is devoted to a dear friend from the Christianity Oasis Chat Room who chose to take her own life, leaving behind those who loved her with confusion, pain and even feelings of guilt. We all wish we would or could have done more to try and help her. Perhaps had we been there in her darkest hour. Maybe just one more kind word ...

I have learned from experience that you cannot change the Destiny of another. God allows things to happen that make absolutely no sense to us, but with time and understanding the TRUTH will begin to emerge and oft times it is that it was what was best for that particular soul or those who would be affected by the event. I mean ... He sacrificed His Son for US. One never knows what might be going on behind the scenes with our limited capacity to understand the Spiritual world.

Only God knows exactly why Mary made the choice that she did and the Spiritual result of her choice. Some believe that if you commit suicide, you go straight to Hell. They even say that it says that in the Bible. I am not here to debate Scripture, but I will tell you what is REALLY in the Bible ... The Words and Deeds of a loving Father.

I chose the image at the top of the page cuz it reminds me of what Paradise (Abraham's Bosom) must be like. That is where I believe her to be. We can only pray that God has the same Grace and mercy for her last choice, that He does with every poor choice that all Christian's make and repent of.

Make no mistake ... Suicide is a horrible choice to make as to resolve the trials and tribulations that we, as Christians will encounter and must endure in our Christian walk. Those that have made this choice, are blinded by pain and do not consider the TRUTH that those who are left behind to deal with their choice ... Suffer dearly. It very well may be that some who make this choice are sentenced to Hell. But only God can determine one's Salvation. I do know she believed in her Lord Jesus and loved Him so very much. It was evident by the fruit of her words.

Consider the words of her last blog ...

"Take up my broken life, gather up my fragments so that nothing will be wasted. amen"

God's will ... be done.
 

ORIGIN OF A NAME

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

  As with most nursery rhymes, there are various claims as to who it refers to. In this lil rhyme, many say that it refers to Mary I of Scotland, with "cockleshells" revealing that her husband cheated on her, and "pretty maids all in a row" referring to her babies that died.

Another is that it refers to Mary I of England for roughly the same reasons. Her husband was barely interested in her (hence the word "cockleshells"), the "How does your garden grow?" being a mockery of her empty womb ...

Whether these assumptions are accurate or not ... It may be that our dear friend Mary (Contrary) may have been aware of this and chose her User name to give us a lil insight into her world.

Mary was not one that spoke much in the Chat Room, tho she would open up a lil more when sharing thoughts one on one with someone that she trusted. She did have a Christian blog on the Oasis for about a month and shared some of her thoughts with us all. Perhaps her words, which still echo in the halls of the Oasis, will bring light to your darkness. As the Bible states:

Hebrews 9:16
For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

   

MARY (CONTRARY) BLOGS

6/19/2006 4:56:17 PM
This is my 1st blog I am like the children in the desert with Moses. God is mad at me for being needy and he has constantly met my needs. But I am never satisfied. I open the Word and HE points me to this passage. I have no patience, am irritable. I let Satan get to me over and over. I have little self will. I thought of this as I wrote today I meditated on the word "Guidance" I kept seeing the word "dance" I remember doing God's will is a lot like Dancing. Two people try to lead and it doesn't feel right. Movement doesn't flow with the music and everything is quite jerky and uncomfortable. When one person realizes that and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a gentle nudge in the back, or pressing Lightly one way or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word "Guidance" When I saw it I saw "G" I thought of God Followed by "U" and "I" God - U and I Dance As I lower my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead My prayer for you today is that God's blessing and mercies be upon you this day and every day May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and guide you through each season of your life. Now if only I can believe these words life would be so much easier for me. Mary

 6/20/2006 5:49:26 PM
To say this has been the long week in my life would be an under statement to say the least. It took a week for some money I had been waiting on to get to me. Trusting in the Lord this week was hard. I am needy and he pointed it out to me constantly this week. Instead of comforting me. "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom" Proverbs 11-2 I have been getting stuff like this all week. Reading Job I understand his frustration at not being understood. I am going into a new/old situation and already the pressure is on. I want to get there now but can't. I want to save the day. I hate being so far away. Mary

6/23/2006 1:21:34 PM
Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd. That is Relationship I shall not want That is supply HE maketh me to lie down in green pastures That's rest He leadeth me beside still waters That is refreshment HE restoreth my soul That is healing HE leadeth me in the path of righteousness That is guidance For HIS name sake That is purpose Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death That is testing I will fear no evil That is protection For THOU art with me That is faithfulness THY rod and THY staff they comfort me That's discipline THOU preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies That's hope THOU anointest my head with oil that's consecration My cup runneth over That's abundance Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life That's Blessing And I will dwell in the house of the LORD That's security Forever That's eternity Face it the LORD is crazy about you What is most valuable, is not what we have in our lives, but WHO we have in our lives! This was also given to me I had never looked at God's word so intimately, so personally. They were just words before. Mary

7/18/2006 4:14:03 PM
GOD, I know that You love me, and I receive that love: I am going to walk in it today. I am going to bask in Your love, because I know that You love me even though I do not deserve it. And God, that makes everything better. Amen I am entering a new faze in my life and am unsure how to approach it. I am scared to be with other people. I like being alone. Independent. To start all over again is a pain. What do I do with all my stuff. How do I get what I need now there. LORD, I receive Your Holy Spirit into my life. Fill me with Your presence, and teach me to clearly hear YOUR voice so that I may follow you all the days of my life. amen. How Will I get along with My brother? Will I work? Here I am, Lord pour it on, I receive the fullness of whatever Your Holy Spirit has to offer. Okay Lord, here. Take up my broken life, gather up my fragments so that nothing will be wasted.. amen

 

BELOW ARE SHARED THOUGHTS

ABOUT MARY (CONTRARY)


SHARED THOUGHTS BY SASSY


Recently while searching through some archived messages, I found some emails from Mary (Contrary).  I shall refer to Mary as Contrary in this letter, because that was the screen name by which most folks knew her, but in my heart she is Mary.   My thoughts wandered back to the happy days and nights Contrary and I spent together on line.  She could be very outspoken, but then so am I.  At times Contrary was in the brooding, down-on-the-world mood.   Other times she would crack me up with her wit.  She told of the years she, her husband and brother John traveled the United States, part of those trips were via motorcycle.

When she began talking of the impending move from one side of Canada to the other to live with her brother John, Contrary’s mood changed.    She knew she must make the move, but she was not happy with it.  Contrary became resigned to the idea, especially when she was assured her beloved greyhounds would be accompanying her.

Contrary was in Oasis Chat room the last night of her earthly life.  Several of us were there as well.   I spoke briefly with her; I did not know that would be the last time on this earth our paths would cross.  It has haunted me since that night that I did not recognize a call for  help from Contrary, if there was one.  Guilt is what I feel when I think of that night.  Could I have said something to have changed her mind about ending her life? 

I would like to suggest that each of you go to the Blogs and read Contrary’s blogs, especially the last one she posted on July 18, 2006.  Some of her thoughts she voiced there included her acknowledgement of God’s love; her desire to remain independent and alone; her entering a new phase of her life; and then she asked the Holy Spirit to fill her life.  She ended with these words, “Okay Lord, here.  Take up my broken life, gather up my fragments so that nothing will be wasted.  Amen.”  That to me was complete surrender of  her life to the Lord.  (Should that not be the prayer of each of us?)

In June Contrary posted a blog in which she cited the little story about “Guidance”…how we must become one with God; surrender to His leadership.  She had become willing to allow God to lead in her life.

Earlier in the summer Contrary had sent me an email that included a long message (cute) about little boys – peppy music in the background.  I thought it poignant  that she should share something about little boys.   You see, Contrary had a child, a son, from whom she was estranged.  Deep down, she loved that child.

Another email she sent was the one about Dr. Billy Graham and the chauffer…you know the one.  Dr. Graham asks the chauffer of the limo that was carrying Dr. Graham from the airport to a speaking engagement; could he drive?.....saying his long desire was to drive one of these limos.  The chauffer knew who Dr. Graham was and out of respect, he wanted to grant his wish.  So the chauffer called his supervisor to get permission, saying someone really important wanted to drive.  Citing the company policy allowing only employees to drive, the supervisor, in a sarcastic tone, asked, who is this guy?  God?  To which the limo driver replied, “Bigger than that….it’s Dr. Billy Graham.”

Because of her love of God’s creatures, especially dogs, Contrary sent me a petition to be forwarded to PETA regarding cruelty to animals.  Contrary loved her greyhounds as though they were her children.

This Easter Sunday when we mortals are celebrating the resurrection of Christ our Lord, Contrary is celebrating in HIS presence.


SHARED THOUGHTS BY MLG1279


Wow, this is so hard for me to write, but I want to share with everyone
my thoughts on Contrary (Mary) whom God blessed me with knowing as a friend through Christianity Oasis. Contrary used to talk about her
greyhounds, the shows she took them to, and the time one broke the window of her home while she was out.  Contrary loved animals. Contrary didn't like to play Bible Password much, she would always say "I'm not good at that game" and then don't you know she'd be the one to get most of the answers that evening.  Contrary and I also were able to chat during some of the darker times in her life.  The not so happy moments.  Her move was a troublesome one for her.  She had a cat that she wasn't going to be able to take with her, because she couldn't afford it.  The person she was supposed to move with backed out on her at the last moment, and then when she finally was able to get moved she wasn't happy and told me so.  I tried to comfort her during all these times, offer her words of advice and love.  When I found out that my dear friend had chosen the path she did with the taking of her own life, I grieved, and I prayed. Wondering if I could have helped her choose differently, if I had been in chat that night.  I know, that we all will miss a dear friend, but I still pray that God showed mercy on her soul, and one day we will meet again around his throne.  How I miss my sister Mary.


SHARED THOUGHTS BY ZOO

I would like to start this out by sayin that I never really got to know
Mary (Contrary) like many of the others here. When this tragedy
happened, I myself had only been coming to Christianity Oasis for a brief
time.  I was a late night chatter and most times she had already gone for
the evening when I came into the room. The few times that I got to chat
with her when I could come in earlier, she seemed very friendly towards
me and had a really good sense of humor.  But I will say that last
night in chat, I was one of them in the room. I feel shame that I did not
hear her cries for help within her typed words. I remember seeing some
of her last troubled typed words on screen and those will forever remain
in my heart. At that time in the chatroom I was barely speaking to
anyone, let alone reaching out to others.  But I would like to reach out
now to her spirit and say thank you Mary Contrary for helping me to
become a better person and a better Christian. The reason being is that
since I got the news of her passing, I took a really good look at what
happened that night and what sort of different things could have happened
that night. I realized that I was so selfish of my own needs and fears
that I closed my mind, heart, eyes and ears as to what was goin on
around me. I am sure that if I had been more receptive back then to those
things, I would have seen and heard what God was tryin to tell me.  But
now since this has happened, my whole outlook has changed and I now keep
myself open to hear the Lord's voice when He calls out to me. I no
longer am afraid to reach out to strangers and offer a hand or a shoulder
to one that I feel needs it when I hear or see a cry for help. The Lord
has shown me the way to open my heart to His words. I will forever be
grateful for gettin to know Contrary for the brief time that I did, but
even more for the lesson that she gave me.  She is a true angel that
blessed several that got to know her. Even me. Thank you Mary.

 

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IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF CONSIDERING SUICIDE ...
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS TRUTH:

 

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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