(Day Thirty) Daily Lenten Devotional
Tuesday, April 4th (Day Thirty)
Dear Lord, I pray that I may know your love for me in a deeper way as I ponder your willingness to suffer on my behalf.
The Anointing at Bethany, Mark 14:3-11 or Matthew 26:6:16 or John 12:1-8
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Mark 14:3-11 or Matthew 26:6:16 or John 12:1-8 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
As the woman pours the oil over Jesus’ head he looks pleased. He closes his eyes as he feels the oil moving over his head down his forehead, around his ears, down the back of his neck and over his beard. All is moving in slow motion. The woman is holding the jar over his head until the very last drop drips out. A palpable peace has come over the room. Time now appears to stop. Nothing is moving except the oil which continues to move slowly over the Lord. Then comes the fragrance; a wonderful fragrance that fills the room. I feel it coming over me just as the oil had come over Jesus; dripping over me as it fills the air. I feel connected to Jesus in a profound manner by the fragrance, as do I with all who are present. Time continues to be still as the oil flows and the fragrance moves upon everyone present. Then I gradually see some movement. I hear some grumbling about the value of the oil. I begin to wonder why the others are not reacting to the scene as I am, full of peace and contentment. I feel comfortable, warm and at peace. Jesus is looking at the woman with a pleased look in his eyes and on his face. I simply want to rest in the moment. I see someone, out of the corner of my eye leaving abruptly. I wonder why anyone would ever want to leave. I move closer to Jesus, who is talking with others, telling them how pleased he is with the woman and how her actions would be written and spoken about. I see a drop of oil on the floor, which had fallen from the Lord’s face. I wipe it with my index finger; I proceed to smell it and then wipe it onto my cheek. I feel peace.