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She Did What She Could


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This week on Discover the Word, Elisa Morgan has been leading our conversations with a fresh look at a woman Jesus honored for doing what she could to show her love for him.

Has been so good to take another look with Elisa and Bill at Mary of Bethany who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume, mixing it with her tears, and then drying them with her hair. When some present objected saying that she had wasted what could have been sold for money that could have been given to the poor, Jesus defended her (Matt 26:10-13). Telling them to leave her alone, he indicated they would have their chance later to help the poor, and that what she had done to show her love for him would be remembered in the telling of his love for us.

Accounts of the story (thought by some to include a similar event), are told variously in all four gospels. But the people mentioned bring together a striking mix of characters. At the same table with Jesus was Lazarus who had been raised from the dead (John 12:1-3), his sister Mary who was washing Jesus’ feet with perfume and tears (John 12:3), in the home of a Pharisee known as Simon the leper (Mark 14:3) (Luke 7:37-40)— where Judas, who was about to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver—was among those who grumbled about the waste of money (John 12:4-6).

So much coming together in a moment. Remembrance of the real needs of the poor. Hypocritical words of love.  Uninhibited heart felt affection. Love in action. The Son of the God who loves us—anticipating the moment of his  priceless sacrifice for us.

Just this week I also read a book titled, Love Does. In it author Bob Goff tells a series of sometimes humorous, serious, life-changing stories that reminded me again of what Elisa sees in the woman who did what she could. She did what she could to express her love for the One who raised her brother from the dead before dying to secure her forgiveness—and ours.

Wonder how many ways we’ll have… among us… today, to do what God enables us to do… “helping” him (as in Renouf painting) —to show… what love does…

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98 Responses to “She Did What She Could”

  1. Bill says:

    “Love Does” is an excellent book. It – like Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” and Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” – moved me deeply.

    Love is a powerful force – in fact, it’s THE most powerful the world has ever known. If not for God’s love, we would not exist, Jesus would not have died for us, and we would not be spending eternity in heaven. Love started the world. Love will end it.

    In between is…


    With time and eternity book-ended by love, how can we do any less now than all we can (what and where we can) to share that love?

    With that…

    Love to All, :)


  • SFDBWV says:

    I scare myself sometimes as I have been listening to the radio discussion on Discover the Word, but missed yesterday’s due to the 23.7 inches of snow we received.

    Listening to Mart’s interaction with Elisa Morgan I *knew* what was the coming topic of BTA, just by his interest and tone of voice.

    Thank you Mart for allowing us here to be part of the discussion.

    I have always been a proponent of doing what you can, in fact I say do what you can while always stretching it to the maximum so that each time your able to do a little more.

    I think hidden here in this matter is the realization that unless we take what we learn from the Word of God and use it in our daily living, reading Scripture is of no more value than just something to read.

    Bill is of course correct in my judgment *love* is the most powerful force in existence and the most *free*. Love can not be forced on anyone, but freely accepted; love can not be demanded; freely offered and freely received.

    What a truth; we do what we can do. So many people try to do what they can’t, fail and fall away from the comfort of their faith. If we can just grasp the concept that what ever it is God has empowered us to be able to do, is what we can do.

    The greater freeing understanding is that what ever we can do is enough for God. He doesn’t demand something from us He hasn’t already enabled us to be able to accomplish.

    Thank God whenever you put that dollar or whatever you have in the pot Christmas time for the Salvation Army, thank God whenever you hold the door for someone who needs help, thank God whenever it is you do any good thing for any other person, because it is what you can do.