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The Journey

The Honored Gift

Scripture: John 12:1-11

This week the followers of Christ remimber the last week of Jesus’ ministry before His death. It is hard for me to call any Monday holy, but it is Holy Monday. Jesus finds Himself at the home of good friends along with His followers. The nation, at least the common people have just proclaimed Him king so I am sure this is a festive day.

In the midst of the celebration Mary leaves the group, obtains perfume, and washes her teachers feet with this oil and her hair. As I think about this passage I imagine the scene. A woman of some honor, at least aong this group, takes on a role of a sevant and goes beyond what I nessicary by using her hair. The love and devotion is clear. I wonder if I ever go that far to honor my king?

As in every show of love and devotion there  is on who wises to rain on the parade. Quickly Mary is chided as being wastful and uncompassionate. I think back at all the times I hav been dscouraging to my Friends and others.

As a Quaker I tend to agree with Judas, its odd I know, why waste or purchase such expensive purfume just to soak feet and hair. My wife, the artist, seems to temper this thought and reminds me that the use of sensory elements can highten our awarness and experience. So I do remind myself that at times the joy of a beautiful gift to God is good as long as it is not demanded.

As your close your Holy Monday consider your stance. And I encourage you to spend some time just spoiling Jesus with what you can.

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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