Off the shelf

“…It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.” John 12:7*


Did Mary have any clue that the perfume she owned was intended to anoint the Lord? What motivated her to pour it on His feet? Her gesture was nothing short of beautiful.

I can only hope that I would be so ready and willing to let go of my valuable possessions if the Lord needed them for His purposes.


When it’s time to let go

of expensive perfumes—

valuable treasures

collecting dust on the shelf.


Find my heart willing

to pour them all out

at the feet of Jesus—

for purposes beyond self.


photo and poem by Patty Perkins


*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 21, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Pubishers, Wheaton, IL.


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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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