October 30, 2011

Lavender Tears

     In the Bible times the perfume, nard, was composed of lavender oil. My inspiration for this poem were two stories of women in the Bible. One is the story of the sinful woman who came to Jesus and weeped at His feet, wiping them with her hair and pouring perfume on them seeking forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50). The other story is of Mary who anointed Jesus in Bethany (Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8).
     
      One day at a girl's retreat that I went to with my church we had a dedication time. In that dedication time we all got a little vial of lavender perfume which we poured out as symbol of pouring ourselves out to God and dedicating ourselves to living for Him. I will always remember this time because it was there that I started to pursue a relationship with my God.

Lavender Tears 
By Brooke Budewig 


Filled to the brim with much sorrow,
Overcome with the weight of her deeds:
The woman runs forward crying.

She knows the amount of her sin
She has carried the burden around,
She has been forever weary.

Now there is hope she lent herself,
One hope she now allows for herself.
"If only I could see Jesus."

So now here she is - here with Him.
Now she can do what she's wanted to do,
So she cries lavender tears.

She cries tears filled with remorse,
Understanding, discernment and grief.
She cries lavender tears to anoint. 

Her great tears are an offering,
Holy and pleasing to her Lord God.
Now her burden is forgiven.

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