The Oil of Gladness
- If faced with criticism for who you are and how you worship, how do you make your way over to Jesus? Who or what obstructs your path?
- As an LGBTQ person or ally, do you feel like you have to seek Jesus in more unusual spaces than recognized houses of prayer? Where have you found spiritual nourishment to seek Jesus?
- What talents or gifts do you still keep bottled in your alabaster jar? What would be an opportune moment for you to break open your jar and perfume the room with your LGBTQ “extravagance?”
- How would you explain the “tears” of the woman? Would they be tears of unimaginable joy, a sense of holy peace, or untold sadness? As an LGBTQ person or ally, what causes you to weep? Who dries your tears?
- What would be some of your debts that God has cancelled? How have you forgiven others for debts owed to you?
- Could the nameless “woman of low reputation” be used as a metaphor for the LGBTQ community? Why or why not?
Like the unnamed woman who fills the room with exquisite perfume as she anoints the feet of Jesus, in the song clip below, Lillie McCloud, brings a voice that also fills the room with passionate praise of Jesus.
Singing “Alabaster Box,” McCloud, an American dance and Rhythm & Blues singer, pours her love on Jesus like oil from a broken alabaster jar.