and ramblings on everything in between
I love this part in Luke 10:
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10: 38 – 42
I love this part because I’m Martha. I’m the one going around obsessing about deadlines and to-do lists and efficiency and taking on more than my share that I miss it – all those little moments, smiles, memories, events, and feelings that make life so sweet.
As I prepare to dive head-first into holiday activities this weekend, I want to hold this story close to me so I remember to step back and be Mary, patiently observing all that was worthy of her attention in that moment. She understood that it didn’t matter if the meal got prepared on time or not. What mattered was right in front of her.
I vow to set down my phone, my lists, and my work to focus on the light that Christmas shines on the world while enjoying the company of friends and family. As Toby Mac says, “This season is a gift, when love came down to let us live. Let’s open up and let our hearts embrace this moment.”
I pray that you and all the other Marthas of the world take a moment to embrace it as well.
Merry Christmas, everyone!