In her book, “Do What You Have the Power To Do,” Helen Bruch Pearson explores the stories of six New Testament women who, being their authentic selves and doing what they had the power to do, establish a relationship with Jesus and have an influence on him at some very deep levels.
As an example of one such woman, the book recalls the story of the unnamed woman who anointed Jesus with expensive perfumed oil, causing those who witnessed the act to say the money should have been used for the poor.
Jesus reproached them, saying, “Leave her alone…she has done a good thing for me. The poor you will always have with you…but you will not always have me. She has done what she could. She has anticipated anointing my body for burial…Wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
The book notes five other examples of unnamed women who performed some act within their power to do that touched Jesus and his followers.
They did what they could—perhaps only a small thing—but they made a difference.
Think of those women in your life, named and unnamed, who have touched your life in ways large and small…
What gifts have they given you? What would you want to tell them?
Helen Bruch Pearson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and Dean for Community Life at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Thanks to Sister Dianne Livingstone, MHSH, for recommending, “Do What You Have the Power To Do” and for posing the questions.