Several months after the accident which killed my husband and gravely injured my son, I crawled into my department chair’s office to ask for help. My chair is Jewish. He had been born Jewish, became a Lutheran pastor and had recently reconverted. He sighed and said, “Anna, when I was a Christian, my favorite story was of the woman who anointed Jesus. The disciples were furious, saying that she could have given the money to the poor. But Jesus said, ‘Why do you trouble her? … She has done what she could’ (Mark 14:6–8a). She couldn’t save him from crucifixion, but she could anoint him King.”
This message is an excerpt of “When you are at a Crossroads” by Anna Madsen, in the May 2017 issue of Gather magazine.