Lent [day 13]… [Wednesday, 24 February 2016]

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Lent [day 13]… [Wednesday, 24 February 2016]

What a great day…

Spent most of the day taking care of my Dad while he had some skin cancer surgery — what a joy to love and care for him…

Then, what a blessing to join Keri for a Lenten worship opportunity tonight at Clearview UMC… I could worship with you for hours Keri — THANK YOU for using your gifts and heart to lead us into His Presence… And, it was fun hanging out with Rexie…

I spent some time reflecting on Jesus’ anointings today…

“Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was FILLED with the FRAGRANCE of the perfume…” [John 12.3]

It is a strong probablity that Jesus was actually anointed with expensive perfume three times during his public ministry…

Luke 7.36-50 [early on by a sinful woman who loved much because she had been forgiven much…]

John 12.1-8 [6 days before Passover — “in preparation for his burial…”]

Matthew 26 and Mark 14 [2 days before Passover — also “in preparation for his burial…”]

As Jesus journeyed toward the cross, his body was quite aromatic — awaiting his death and burial…

There can be no doubt that nard was VERY expensive. It was imported all the way from India and was used widely by the Hebrews and Romans alike in the anointing of the dead.

Two powerful thoughts for reflection tonight from Alicia Britt Chole…

1. “WHY THIS WASTE? Because love does not calculate. What an honor to be remembered as one who loved LAVISHLY! Today, why not fast STINGINESS? Seek an opportunity to be irrationally lavish toward someone who cannot possibly return the favor. Give because you love. Give without letting reason ration out your love in stingy portions…”

2. “Jesus spent a significant part of his last days at tables, resting in the company of old and new friends. IF you had only 6 days to live, how, and with whom, would you live them? Why?”

Let’s lavishly bless someone tomorrow who cannot bless us in return…

That will purify our motives…

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