Mary… sat beside the Lord… listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part…” Luke 10: 39-42
“For years, reading the story I have felt the unfairness of Martha being stuck with getting everything done to feed Jesus and those who came with him. He didn’t understand how hard that is. Then I read it on a day when I was terribly worried. I began to hear a loving tone in his voice and realized he was inviting her, (and right then, me) to the one thing needed – to sit in his loving presence.
Jesus, when we are anxious, help us pause and realize we are in your loving presence. When we need to continue serving, help us hold your presence close.” Patricia Livingston￼
Jesus is always inviting us to come closer… to be in his presence