Broken and Spilled Out

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” John 12:1‭-‬6‭, NLT

Listen as Steve Green sings about the beauty of Mary’s love in action in, “Broken and Spilled Out”:

We marvel at this story, in its simplicity and profundity, and may wonder, “What does it look like to be ‘broken and spilled out’ for Jesus in this age?”

I have been re-reading, “The Hiding Place”, about the lives of the Ten Boom family, who helped hundreds escape the Nazis in World War II.

They eventually were caught and imprisoned. Corrie and her sister, Betsie, were sent to Ravensbruck, a horribly inhumane place. We can see through her eyes, as she penned her books after the war was over; “The Hiding Place” was one.

She related how, upon being transferred to Ravensbruck, they found that their deplorable conditions included filthy, contaminated straw to sleep on, and flea infestation. True to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, (Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus), they gave thanks even in that situation!

They did not repay evil for evil when guards and other prisoners treated them cruelly.

They forgave those who despitefully used them.

Corrie’s father, and eventually Betsie, died in captivity. They were broken and spilled out, a “Christ-like fragrance rising up to God”. 2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT

After her release, Corrie became an ambassador all over the world for Christ, through her books and speaking engagements. Relating her harrowing experiences and forgiveness for those who had persecuted her had a profound impact on many lives for good.

Visit the virtual museum of their home here:

Boom, C. T., Sherrill, E., & Sherrill, J. L. (2006). The hiding place. Grand Rapids , Mi: Chosen Books.

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