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Surviving Holiday Entertaining: Lesson #3

Back to Mary and Martha’s Holiday Entertaining Survival Guide. Lesson #3 comes from the second dinner in the New Testament where we meet Mary and Martha found in John 12:1-3. At this particular dinner, Martha served while Mary came to the table and poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet, wiping His feet with her hair in a lavish display of worship. The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume.

Lesson # 3: This Thanksgiving, fill your house with the fragrance of worship. There are so many great smells that will waft through our homes this Thursday–the roasting turkey, the hot apple cider, the fire crackling in the fireplace, and the pumpkin pie baking in the oven. When I was a kid, I just thought of these scents as an automatic and natural part of the holidays. As an adult, I realize that they are all created by someone’s thought and hard work–often mine! But there’s another part of the atmosphere I want to concentrate on creating this year–one that will seem natural to the holidays as my kids look back on them in future years. Like a fragrance, the aura of worship, the attitude of praise, and the actual giving of thanks, can permeate the house and the celebration.

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:3