Alabaster jars

biessenhofen-92038_640Alabaster is a mineral that is commonly used for ornamental containers and statues because of its translucent color and softness.  In ancient times, the material was used for containers and special-use jars.

In Gospel of Matthew, a woman came to Jesus and in a very public manner, anointed him.

A woman came up to him (Jesus) with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.  Matthew 26:7

She did this to show respect to Jesus, but the act also signified what was to happen in the near future - that Jesus was to die an untimely death on the Cross.

I am learning that sometimes we don’t show our appreciation and gratitude at the appropriate times.  Quite typically, especially with men, we wait until the funeral to pay our respects to the life of one of our friends or acquaintances.  Words are spoken in memory of a great man, but why do we wait so long?

Why wait to show gratitude and appreciation when the recipient can no longer hear?

We need to show our gratitude to the people in our lives on a frequent basis.  Don’t wait until they die to break out the alabaster jars.

Hand write a note to a friend and thank them for being part of your life.

Invite a neighbor to coffee and show your appreciation by your presence.

Call an estranged relative and ask for forgiveness.

These are all simple steps.  They may be difficult to take.  Life is too short, don’t wait until another day to reach out and connect with the people who are most important in your life.

Bring out your alabaster jars while your friends and family are here on earth.  Celebrate and commemorate their lives while they can appreciate it.  It may change someone’s attitude and life.

It will be worth your time.  These are the people that do matter.

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