Friday, August 3, 2012

"I want to be like Mary...": a poem

To read the biblical account of the anointing of Jesus at Bethany, click HERE and HERE.

I want to be like Mary...

Oh I want to be like Mary
She broke her alabaster flask
Poured its oil out on Jesus
He didn't even have to ask

Mary do you love Me?
Will you do this thing for Me?
Do you trust Me with what's precious?
Would you give it all for Me?

Jesus, You are worthy
Of this and so much more
My blood instead of oil
I'd even gladly pour

But no one else understood
The beat of Mary's heart
They said it was a waste
--it surely wasn't smart

Why, that oil could be sold
The money given to the poor
Why'd she spend it all on Jesus
What did she do that for?

But Jesus did not rebuke her
Nor scorn the gift she gave
She's wrought a good work for Me, He said
And come to prepare Me for the grave

And where'er the Gospel's preached
Her deed will be told of, too
As a memorial to her
[And as a reminder to you]

Don't fear to be like Mary
To love Christ more than self
True, the world will mock you
And relegate you to the shelf

By the world you'll be forgotten
They won't even know your name
But where the Gospel of love is preached
Your love, too, will be proclaimed

Oh, I want to be like Mary
Who broke her alabaster flask
She poured its oil out on Jesus
He didn't even have to ask

Sadie Daniels, 2012