"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Unexpected Palm Sunday Devotional

My Lenten reading was not what I thought it would be as I sat down this morning for my devotion time. I assumed I'd be waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna!" as this Holy Week began. Rather I was provoked to generous living -- generous as in Mary anointing the feet of Jesus with very costly ointment and then drying them with her hair. Which leads me to question: what is my very costly ointment? With what am I to be generous?

Truth is I find myself less like Mary and more like Judas. Yes, I pretend a noble heart and I desire a benevolent spirit but in reality my heart is stingy. Even in my "quiet time," it is more for me and less for Him. It is more about what I can receive than what I can give. And so during this Holy Week, I'm focusing on a generous spirit. I'm asking the Lord to make me generous with my time with Him. That this week I will listen quietly and watch intently as He walks again the road to Golgotha for me and accomplishes that which He came to do. That maybe this week I could be the one who sits before Him and wipes the tears with my hair.

O, Lord, open my heart to be generous this week in my love for and my time with You; and for just once, help me forget about myself.

Just an ordinary moment...

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I actually taught on Mary anointing the feet of Jesus yesterday with my 7th grade girls--so that is incredible. We ended our time together with them taking their shoes off and me anointing their precious little feet. Anyway, not really relating to what you were saying, but letting you know that we were in the same Scripture (and letting you know I'm here reading your blog!) Love you! See you soon!