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thankful-definition“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”           

John 12:1-3 NIV


This story is such a beautifully painted portrait of a heart overflowing with thanksgiving for the Savior. Mary comes bringing with her an extravagant gift of expensive perfume with which to anoint Jesus. Nard was costly oil derived from a plant that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. This was no little gift that was lavished on Jesus. This would equate to approximately $10,000 in today’s money! As well, for a Jewish woman to uncover her hair in public would have been seen as an unseemly and intimate thing to do. This act by Mary was the outflow of a heart deeply thankful and touched by the Savior. Precious, unfiltered and from the heart. Some things to remember: Thankfulness flows out of our personal relationship with the Savior and not the condition of our circumstance.


  • Thankfulness is a choice and one that is costly at times. A thankful heart is not concerned with what others think as much as honoring the Lord.
  • A heart filled with thanksgiving will affect everyone around you! It is a wonderful aroma in a world that is increasingly cynical.


Would you do something this Thanksgiving season? Find a moment, just you and the Lord and receive communion; a small piece of bread and some juice. Before you take each element take some time to remember what Jesus has done. Recount for yourself and to the Lord His faithfulness, what he has specifically done and thank him for it…don’t hold back, its ok to be lavish here! Take your time…don’t rush, just a time of thanksgiving to the one who is our source. Experience afresh the power of a thankful heart!

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