Lenten reflection on scripture — the woman with the alabaster jar

(Mark 14: 3-9)o14

In remembrance of her —
break something.
In remembrance of her –
spill something.

In remembrance of her
pour a trip to Hawaii,
tickets to a Broadway show,
dinner at Wendy’s,
a day of babysitting or respite care,
a new puppy,
the kind of fancy flowers
that don’t come
from the grocery store

all over someone
who is dying
from cancer or depression,
an oxycontin addiction,
or a grinding job,
COPD or self-doubt,

instead of going to that
important committee meeting,
public witness,
volunteer activity.

Also, in remembrance of her,
tell a story today,
any story,
one that didn’t change
the outcome of anything,

a story of a small courage
or great extravagance
that might be forgotten
if you don’t tell it.

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4 Responses to Lenten reflection on scripture — the woman with the alabaster jar

  1. Nicolette Wellington says:

    Oh Maren…

    Nicolette Wellington

  2. Bill Mankin says:

    I don’t know how you do it, but again today you hit the nail on the head. I’ve always valued the story of the woman with the alabaster jar and Jesus admonition to be extravagant in love, but have trouble following her example. I’ve always been one with carefully measure expenditures, whether money or time or outreach or expressions of caring. You show some ways to let love be extravagant. I’ll try to listen. Thanks.

  3. sugruerm says:

    I keep a file named ‘Maren Gems’ the intention being to easily locate a FEW reflective pieces that would be VERY USEFUL worship resources – I’m in danger of gathering 12 unused basket-fulls!

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