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God's Alabaster

30 March 2013 - 12:11pm
| by Clive Adams

Back in Bethany, while Jesus was in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster flask of most expensive perfume, and poured it on his head as he was at table.

God's Alabaster

An alabaster phial she broke -
The prize of frugal years;
The costly act her love bespoke -
Her Master she reveres.
Love's claims are hard to reconcile -
The Teacher or the treasure?
When reckless passion breaks the phial,
His praise is truest measure.

Suspended on a suff'ring stake,
Accounting love, not loss;
His body broken for our sake,
Impaled upon a cross.
God's "alabaster" - love revealed,
Oustretched, intense, eternal.
Divine and human kinship healed
At Calv'ry's fragrant kernel.

The redolence of brokenness
Goes out from Calvary;
That fragrancy of graciousness
Now trapped, must be set free.
The phials of self-sufficiency
Destroyed by Love's presuming -
His sweet bouquet at liberty
A fetid world consuming.

The broken petal of the rose
Imbues a wider sphere;
From battered beauty fragrance flows -
The sacrifice is dear.
The incense of His loveliness
Is only penetrating
Through fragments of our brokenness
And God's appropriating.

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