I often reflect on the story of when Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, anointed Jesus with her costly spikenard.

Did she realize her act of love was the King of King’s prophetic anointing that day?

Jesus knew.

He said simply, “She did what she could.”

Powerful words.

Words I would like to hear Him say.

Here’s a bit of a poem I wrote in memory of what Mary did.

Do What You Can

Mary’s love in that hour, symbolically shown

Was much more than she could have known.

Anoint the Anointed—What a heavenly thought!

He was everything she had ever sought.

She began at the top of His head

And, pouring all, bent down at His feet.

Do it, dear Mary, please do it

Pour it all out on Him

Lavish your best, spare not a drop

Your love is the fragrance that gladdens His heart.

It’s love for love, so do what you can

Give the King the love He is due

And, Mary, you can fill the world with the scent of it too

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