Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ 41But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;42there is need of only one thing.* Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’
Devotion by Anne Mooney
We studied this scripture during VBS this summer. Mary was one of the unexpected heroes we learned about. Mary focus her energies on building a relationship with Jesus. She sat at his feet and listened to everything he had to say. She didn’t worry about impressing Jesus like her sister Mary. I admire Mary’s ability to relax into the moment and simply enjoy her time with Jesus. I have to admit I am more like Martha. I waste a lot of my energy fretting over making things just right or impressive to others. However, I have a dear friend who has taught me the value of simple presence and acceptance. When I am upset, this friend comforts me by just showing up. He doesn’t offer advice, make comments, or ask questions. He just offers the gift of company. Like Mary, my friend is an unexpected hero demonstrating the better way to show love and care.
Dear God, Thank you for friends who show up when we need them. Amen.