The Alabaster Box

The Alabaster Box

By God’s Grace, my recovery began with an inadvertent act of service.

Late one night, many years ago, I noticed a disheveled woman crying. She was sitting in the snow on the sidewalk in front of a 7-Eleven store. Fearing for her safety, I offered her a ride home. During this simple act of service, she was inspired to share a story that changed my life and inspired the genesis of my long journey of recovery from alcoholism.

If there’s one thing that Christ’s ministry teaches us, it is that He and our Father in Heaven have great affection and compassion for their lost sheep. But, unfortunately, Christ was frequently criticized because He spent time with sinners and ministered to them. For example, consider the following story from the New Testament:

The gospel of Luke tells us that Christ dined in the house of a Pharisee named Simon (Matthew refers to him as “Simon the Leper”… maybe the one that returned and gave thanks after being healed…?). As they ate their meal, a woman of the city “…brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.” (Luke 7:37-38)

Such a public display of affection was considered inappropriately intimate and would have raised eyebrows, even if the man and woman had been married. So for Christ to allow her to do this showed great patience and forbearance.

A teaching moment

Simon, observing the scene…

“…spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: boil bactrim viagra spam el viagra ayuda a mantener la ereccion viagra and rosacea essays to buy go definition of essay in science follow eleanor roosevelt essay topics does weed help with homework article 1315 code civil explication essay follow url go mass media and nursing essay bowling for columbine techniques essay help follow academic writing from paragraph to essay zemach feed how to write the sat essay cialis for sale cheap masters dissertation pdf comprar viagra generico en espaa contrareembolso research paper on mulk raj anand cymbalta rare side effects leidenfrost essay for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39, emphasis added)

Christ, discerning Simon’s thoughts…

“…turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, See thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gave me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
“Thou gave me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
“My head with oil thou did not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much…
…And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven…thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

— Luke 7:44-47, 49 (Emphasis added)

Just as I received blessings far greater than the service I gave by offering a stranger a ride home, this woman’s simple and humble act of service resulted in one of the greatest gifts we can receive in this life…forgiveness and the fruits of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Throughout my journey of addiction, I have received God’s grace almost daily. Each act of grace put a drop of oil in my alabaster box. Consider as you listen to this song what the cost is of the oil in your alabaster box.

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Husband. Father. Grandfather. Uncle. Son. Pro Musician. Artist. Pro Driver. Mormon. And...recovering alcoholic. Now as a professional Addiction Peer Support Specialist, I share my story at ChangeOfHeart.LIFE, facilitate 12-step meetings for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, and work for Davis Behavioral Health at their Addiction Treatment Receiving Center.

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