May 21 Humble Extravagance


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1 Samuel 29:1-31:13;  John 11:54-12:19;  Psalm 118:1-18;  Proverbs 15:24-26

“Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  So they gave a dinner for him there.  Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at table.  Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair.  The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”  John 12:1-3


Holy Spirit filling

Word fulfilling

utter devotion

and love

came spilling from

Mary’s gift of self,

poured on Jesus’ feet.


Humbly kneeling,

self forgetting

realizing all of life

pours out of Him.

Her own life redeemed,

sin forgiven

like that of her brother,


not even death

could separate

from the love

of their Lord and Savior,

Friend and Brother,

Jesus Christ.


Not forgotten

but written,


extravagant by man’s standards,

a gift whose fragrance


yet today

in the hearts and minds

of believers

and beckons us to show

our love for Him

no matter how costly

or foolish

to honor Him

and kneel before Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for this story of Mary and of her humble extravagant love that pales in light of yours.  You tenderly received what she offered to you–herself and material token of her devotion to you.  She honored you and demonstrated her love for you in the sight of all.  Lord, may I do the same, that others may know how much you have done for me–that you deserve pure devotion and praise.  On my own I am unable to do this.  May your Spirit within me move me to demonstrate my love for you with the gifts you have given me-Amen.


2 thoughts on “May 21 Humble Extravagance

  1. “whose fragrance lingers yet today in the hearts and minds of believers” gave me goosebumps. Laura, you’ve made this passage of the bible come even more alive for me today.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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