By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Luke 7:36-50"And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, 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. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spoke within himself saying, This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering, said unto him, 'Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.' And he saith, 'Master, say on.''There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence and the other fify. And when they had nothing to pay, He frankly forgave them both. Tell Me therefore, which of them will love him most?'Simon answered and said, 'I suppose to he to whom he forgave most.' And He said unto him, 'Thou hast rightly judged.'And He turned to the woman and said unto Simon, 'Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet: but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst 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: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.'And He said unto her, 'Thy sins are forgiven.'And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And He said to the woman,'Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.'Luke 7:36-50-----Ladder Rung: L736EL and E are the first and last letters of Luke.Selection of words to aid in our remembrance of the passage:Love Expressed.7:36 is our reference.Let's choose 7 individuals which represent, in some way, Jesus, Simon, or the woman. Let's put the names to prayer and meditate heavily upon the passage.Our suggested meditation times will be 3:00 and 6:00 PM.Even if these periods are busy, let's figure out a way to implement a "thought strategy" and somehow keep our meditation ongoing.-----Simon is a man of rank, position, and status and yet I am hard pressed to find anything in him I wish to become.The woman is an individual of no rank, undignified position, and possessing an undesirable status, and yet I find in "her" everything I wish to become.This extraordinary act of adoration compels me, moves me, stirs me to the core. This woman inspires a fearless, courageous, contagious "want" in me to be exactly as her in my worship and expression of love to my Christ.Without hesitation and in all the humiliation she was exposed to in the presence of the "Simon's," the woman knew where she needed to be and she got there.The woman made her way to Jesus ...And Jesus took care of her from there.-----A heart of reckless abandon, many times, has been recklessly abandoned and the two somehow formulate a mysterious grace and wrap themselves around one another.And love comes out different ... and so do its expressions.To be a normal individual engaged in normal activity speaks to normalcy, maybe.But to be an individual engaged in open, activated, intimate expressive ways commands an entirely different sort of experience and virtue. This individual is not normal ...They are exceptionally, uniquely, beautifully qualified to love in inspiring and expressive ways.Mysteriously, curiously, seriously in love with Christ ...The woman is who I wish to be.May we seek no face but that of the Father's.May we inquire of no man as to what our expressions of love ought to be.May we unashamedly, unabashedly, and courageously love our God.-----Loving Father and Holy Christ,Let adoration of Thy goodness and mercy consume and overtake me. Let love for Thee be expressed in fervent demeanor and in posture and disposition that speak of gratitude to Thee. For what Thou hast done for me,For Thy great mercy at work within me,For Thy defence over me and Thy watch care continually absorbing me,I give thanks to Thee.Let my worship of Thee, attest in some small way, to all that I think of Thee.Let me be an extraordinary and open lover of Thee ...For Thou art worthy.Amen.
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