John 12:3

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Broken open

We’ve all had moments when we’ve blessed someone. It may be a birthday gift you gave to someone special or that perfect Christmas present for your child. The act of giving leaves us warm and satisfied.

Our congregation just had two moments like this. We took on the Mill Street Cares project to provide groceries for neighborhood families and fulfilled our commitment to Hesed House, providing food for the homeless.

Mary laid it all on the line to care for Jesus, just as God lovingly gave up his son for the sake of our sins. We can learn much from Mary’s act of worship. Her overflowing love can moves us to lay out our lives and gifts for others.

We can start by asking the Spirit of God to warm and break our hearts open with love and adoration for our Lord.

Lord, give us a love like that of Mary.

—Katie Andrade

Broken and Spilled Out

by Steve Green

One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn
And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a prisoner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb

Broken and spilled out just for love of you, Jesus
My most precious treasure lavished on thee
Broken and spilled out and poured at your feet
In sweet abandon Let me be spilled out
And used up for thee

Lord you were God’s precious treasure
His loved and His own perfect Son
Sent here to show me the love of the Father
Just for love it was done
And though You were perfect and holy
You gave up Yourself willingly
You spared no expense for my pardon
You were used up and wasted for me

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of me, Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on me
Broken and spilled out
And poured at my feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for me