ANGEL’S STORY 126.96.36.199 D (“O Jesus, I Have Promised”)
The Lord went to a dinner, and Mary took perfume.
As she anointed Jesus, the fragrance filled the room.
She’d sat as a disciple, she’d been a faithful friend,
and now, with costly fragrance, she honored Christ again.
Soon Judas was complaining, “This gift could have been sold;
We could have helped the poor here— the young ones and the old.
Yet Jesus said, “My people will always help the poor,
but Mary chose to give this— to me, her dying Lord.”
Her gift was her expression of thankfulness and praise,
and so it makes us wonder, in these long Lenten days:
What would we give to Jesus if he sat at our meal?
What gift would be our kindness and what would it reveal?
O Lord, today we offer the best that we can bring—
our worship as a fragrance, our love, an offering.
And now, as we’re reminded the poor are with us still,
we pray that we may serve them— to honor you, as well.
Biblical References: John 12:1-8
Tune: Arthur Henry Mann, 1888
Text: Copyright © 2019 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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