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Cece Winans – Alabaster Box lyrics

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There's no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet

And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard

As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of alabaster

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And I've come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary's alabaster box
Don't be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren't there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don't know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

I can't forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I'd thought I'd found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I'm giving back to Him
All the praise He's worthy of
I've been forgiven
And that's why
I love Him so much

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And I've come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary's alabaster box
Don't be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And dry them with my hair (my hair)
You weren't there the night Jesus found me
You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped his loving arms around me and
You don't know the cost of the oil
Oh, you don't know the cost of my praise
You don't know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box



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    Truely, there are many songs that make me cry each time I listen to them, but the rate cannot be compared to that of "alabaster box" I play this song in my cell phone wherever I go, and whenever I play it in my house, i'll fall to my knees, lie flat on the floor and weep as I'm singing along, making the song mine and singing it directly to jesus. And i'll always ask myself that "if a woman who is considered a prostitute can anoint jesus' feet, what then have i done for jesus". So my own description of this song is that since jesus allowed mary who is a prostitute, someone who is seen as unworthy to touch his holy feet and anoint it, he is therefore ready to accept us irrespective of our past. As long as we've made up our mind to change and accept him, he also will accept and forgive us. *Anointing jesus feet means that mary has accepted jesus, and jesus himself did not chase her away. *And the line "heard folks whisper there is no place here for her kind" this means that when men reject us, that doesn't mean that jesus will also reject us. Rather he will accept us and wrap his loving arm around us. There is indeed great anointing in this song.
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    After years of abuse from childhood and into adulthood, and five suicide attempts I cried out to god and asked if he was real and if he would take this depression from me so I could be a mother to my children again I would give him my life. In an instant I felt a heaviness come off of me and a light peace come into me and that was 16 years ago and I'm still living my life for my savior, my jesus. Thank you for this song it means sooo much to me! Cherry t.
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    Anytime I read this very scripture, I can't help but pause and ask myself "what gratitude"? How much do we value the saving grace of god. The sacrifice jesus made for us? Paul said in philippians that "he regarded any other thing as junk for the sake of christ".
    Cece couldn't have painted the picture more clearly. It's time for us to break our alabaster box and let our praise and gratitude climb up to god.
    -- shalom.
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    Adem Cindrah
    It's 1:15am in this side of the world and I just couldn't sleep without telling Christ how much I love Him. This song just seems to speak out what my heart feels for Him. To think that me, a mess, has been given direct access to the very Throne Room of the One who put the stars in the sky and established the boundaries of the oceans; me a measley human being can go into the Holy of Holies and just revel in His presence and stand under the showers of His overwhelming Love! What can I say? This absolutely does not make sense! I know it's not much Lord; but once again Lord- here is my heart. You can have it. Use it. Remake it. And keep it. Here Lord, is my Alabaster box. Thank You for Your Grace. If it wasn't for the cross.
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    My alabaster box is just all the love in my heart. It's everything that can pour out of my heart. So, I pour my praise and love on the one who has shown me unending and absolute complete love. The one who knows everything about me and loves me and forgives me and gives me hope and a future. No one else's anger or judgment can separate us from loving and praising the lord who deserves our praise.
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    No other song tells about Alabaster Box better than that one. At least, I don't know any other. But not just the amazing song, but all the comments I read here. It's so beautiful all the comments. I am Brazilian, and with my heart I understand that song and the comments. Threre's no version for that song in Portuguese, no one could be enough. I knew the song by that woman at X Factor, and when I heard the full version by Cece, Oh my God, I cried. I love You Christ, and I love the way all the people here show their love for you.
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    I gave birth to twins prematurely 17 years ago today. I didn't know where my life was headed. I sat in a rocking chair between two incubators wondering how I was going to do all of this. I got in my car that night, praying even though I didn't realize I was praying. Your song cece was on the radio. I couldn't move as I knew immediately I was in his presence. I had his full attention and I was not worthy. I have always stopped when I hear this song to remind my soul that only jesus knows the cost of my oil and loves me no matter what. Thank you for sharing your gift over and over again.
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    There is nothing too good/expensive to use in my praises to jesus. He has done so much for me and all he asked in return is my praise and worship unto him. I love him so much and because of his love I can love others.
    This song is a powerful love song unto jesus. I love you jesus and thank you for all you have done/is doing/will do in my life.
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    The alabaster box contained extremely, expensive, perfumed oil which mary magdalene used to pour over jesus' feet, then wiped them with her hair. Alabaster in those days was made of gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) which crafters used to make small perfume boxes, ornaments, tombs, vases, chalices and many other items. The expression of this act that mary did was in gratitude for what jesus did which was to cast out the demons from her. What would you do to repay jesus for delivering you from prostitution? I know that if I was mary and had the precious oil or ointment, I would have done the same thing. Praise jesus for his love and compassion and for not judging a prostitute that should have been stoned but set free by the grace of god. Is it any wonder she was blinded by her tears. Alabaster was used in those ancient days to hold many valuable oils and items. Ellie mercer-april 15, 2012 †
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    To me, it simply means, the love christ has for us is able to overlook all our mistakes and embrace us with an assurance that it will all be well.
    This happens to be my best song in the alabaster box album & the album itself is my all time favorite gospel album! The song speaks to my soul each time I listen to it & it gives me this sort of assurance that all is well.
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    I have always loved this song, and the lyrics are fantastic, but when I really had a full encounter with falling in love with Jesus, by seeing his character revealed in his word, after fully understanding that my sins that are many are fully forgiven. Luke 7: 47 Jesus said, Wherefore I say unto thee her sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. This passage of scripture has assured me about Jesus's salvation plan, and my forgivenessof sin, and forsaking same, and that can only be done at the feet of Jesus, Mary understood the salvation plan, it can only be found by purposing in your heart to read the Bible for yourselves, and with the help of the Holy Spirit experiece the Love, Mercy and Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then and only then you can experience the Love that Mary felt for her Lord, and you yourself can experience that love. May the God of Peace bless you all.
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    lilrav11
    We all have value in the Lord Jesus Christ. Others may reject us but He will always love us. As Mary approaches Christ, the lyrics don't say she "went" to him, she"came" to Him as He calls all his children who listen to his Word. Read Luke 7: 35 to verse 50 and you can see that this prostitute, an untouchable, gave to Christ what the wealthy Pharasies host did not give him. Nor did they know the blessing she received as he washed away her sins because of her faith in him. No one knows the cost of the oil or her pain nor the love she received from Jesus that moment. The metaphor is we can pour our praise on Jesus and our own personal sin can be washed away as well, and that is between Jesus and us. No one knows the cost of that but the individual and Christ.
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    Janeice18
    I just heard this song once and I fell in love with it, because, as a christian I tend to make a lot of mistakes. The wrong things that I did in my past sometimes come back to haunt me. But I thank God, that He is faithful and just to forgive us sins 1John 1: 8, 9 Even though sometimes my friends throw my past sins to my face. Mary, her testimony encourages me to leave them behind and move on for Christ. Sometimes I feel terrible and my heart cries, but the lord is always there and He hears my prayers. He knows when I'm overwhelmed by the pain. That's when I feel His loving arms most. Janeice~.
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    ShaDel
    This song bascially saved me from myself! The cost of the oil is my investment in my walk with Christ, all the sacrifices I've made to have a relationship with God, the time spent in prayer, fasting and reading the word of God, and the denying of my flesh to be in his perfect will. The oil: god's spirit! That is priceless! The shedding of the blood of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ allowed me to be filled with the Holy Ghost. There's no price tag for that!
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    LynnBJohns01
    This song is about God's redemption. When others feel you are unworthy of God's love, you have to show them that you've already received that love and praise Him openly. Despised by others, His love is all you need. "You don't know the cost of the oil, no, you don't know the cost of my praise." The cost of the oil - her redemption; the cost of her praise - His Love.
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    "and I spent my days.
    Poured my life without measure.
    Into a little treasure box.
    I'd thought I'd found".
    The alabaster box contained mary magdelene's perfume which she probably used to attract men (for she was a prostitute). The alabaster box is a symbolic of her sins and for her to pour it on jesus meant that she casts her sins unto jesus and a promise that she will turn away from the dark life she was living. Jesus gives life and freedom. Thank you jesus, you are great.
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    Where do I begin. My praise, worship, glory, mercy from the rising of the sun and allowing me to see another day. Let the praise ring loud and clear - hallelujah. There's not enough time. Father, thank you for saving a wretch like me. Proving me a constant helper, keeping your loving arms wrapped around me. I hav so much to be grateful, thank you lord for your favour. I love you father. Thank you for my brother and blessed saviour. Peace, love, joy.
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    Alabaster is made up of gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) which was used in ancient times. This name may derive further from the ancient egyptian word a-labaste, which refers to vessels of the egyptian goddess bast. She was represented as a lioness and frequently depicted as such in figures placed atop these alabaster vessels. Other suggestions include derivation from the town of alabastron in egypt. Here the alabaster was crafted into many forms some used to make caskets, boxes, vases, tombs, etc. The 'alabaster box' spoken of here in this song is a box that held very expensive oil which mary magdalene used to anoint jesus' feet and then wipe them with her hair as an expression of her joy, appreciation and so much love for what jesus had done for her.
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    This song was sung during our church's easter pagent. Our music direct has a beautiful gospel voice. When she sang the words "you weren't there the night jesus found me, you did not feel what i felt" there was not a dry eye in the sanctuary. This song is about the special love between jesus and his believers. We are all sinners, and each of our relationships with him is different, and yet he loves us all equally and unquestionably.
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    Alabaster box is about salvation. It is the ability to get up and respond to the call of jesus, it starts with that then it ends with giving praise and worship with all that you have. Remember also that there are those who will try to distract you, even demons that will stand to accuse you of your unworthiness when you try to stand and give worship and praise to jesus. This song has been my all time fav since 2000.
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    Searching for true meaning in life, will do what ever it takes to find real love, careless what anyone thinks. As she take that step, she learns the quick fix life, she lived was not only distroying her, but it is also a sin. We all need real love and not to be treated like some pleasure toy. Stay real to yourself people. God loves you, he knows your problems and is only a prayer away.
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    Vmathis
    You know god is all you need even in the worse of situations he still is God and even tho we sometimes loose hope he still is the same God and is in control and has the ultimate plan. Glory to God I got a praise ya'll god is a good God and he knows everybodies heart I gotta praise him for the little thing cause he is more than worthy. Thank you Lord for that comfort and assurance you know what my praise is about mmm god is sooo good I need ya'll to understand that jesus is the hope for tommorrow.
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    This song expresses my life in so many ways, I am a worship leader of my church and when people see me they have no idea the cost of my oil in my alabaster bpx (being raped as a teenager and struggling with secret additions for years after) this is my favorite song because people truly do not know the cost of my praise. And that's why I love him so much.
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    pozer18
    This song is about her meeting Jesus and she gave him her alabaster box and she says he wraps his loving arms around her and that we don't know the cost of the oil in her alabaster box because not any of us were there as she says in the song it is so true and a song that can tell you all about jusus in just the first verse!
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