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Luke 7:36-50

“36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say amongh themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.””

The religious leaders of the day did not show much honor to Jesus, even the honor that was custom in the culture at that time when you had a guest in your home! In contrast, this woman, a person from the street corner, recognized the greatness of Jesus and the darkness of her son. She as truly grieved for her sin, begged for His forgiveness through her humility, had faith that Jesus could forgive even the most vile sins, and honored Him as King with anointing.

Jesus tells us that she was forgiven of her sons because of her faith, but that the Pharisees who didn’t even honor Him with the most basic practices of respect, lacked the humility and faith needed in order to be forgiven of their sins.

Let us be more like the woman – recognizing God’s greatness and the magnitude of our sin, rather than only trying to appear religious to others. “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Writing Prompt #97

“You have a child and you have one piece for advice that will be carried in his/her pocket for life. What is that advice?”

Don’t make any choices today that you’ll regret later, but don’t say no to any opportunities that you’ll regret not take either. Use common sense and follow safety rules, and have fun!

Writing Prompt #96

“Where would you like to go on a day trip? You must drive there and back in one day, but you have unlimited funds for gas, food, and activities.”

I really want to go to Atlanta to tour the Coca-Cola plant and the aquarium. It would be incredible not to have to worry about money and be able to purchase some more neat Coke memorabilia for my kitchen. I love the vintage soda fountain/vintage diner vibe.

I’d also like to see some of the filming projects happening in that city and see if I can become involved in one of the projects there.

Writing Prompt #94

“Think of a celebrity you would like to have dinner with. Write a note that just might catch that person’s attention enough for him/her to agree to the dinner.” 

Dear Jimmy Fallon,

It would truly be an honor for my husband and me to have dinner with you and your wife. I enjoy your show so much, and my favorite moments are the unscripted moments you have while on stage. I think we would enjoy a lot of impromptu jokes together, and I believe we’d be “kindred spirits” – we’d really “get” one another’s sense of humor. It would be amazing if we all just hung out, without the camera attention, and just enjoyed a nice evening out as new friends.” 

– CarolinaVintageWoman

Jesus Is Our All In All.

“Jesus is the Lamp and the Shepherd;

the Giver and the Gift;

the Counselor and the Counsel;

the Way and the Destination;

the Teacher and the Truth;

the Cornerstone and the Foundation;

the Prophet and the Prophecy;

the Beginning and the End.”

– Unknown

We should find all the qualities we look for in a good leader perfectly displayed in the person of Jesus Christ. “All glory to Him Who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are His before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” (Jude 1:25)

We should be amazed by His greatness. “And all were astonished at the majesty of God.” (Luke 9:43a)

We can have security in knowing that God can and will provide for both our spiritual and physical needs. “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) “And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with His mighty angels.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7) Bring your concerns to the Lord, our all in all, trusting in His timely provision.