Tuesday 27th Week of the Year
Martha and Mary – food for the body and food for the heart.
“Now as they went on their way,
he entered a village; and a woman named Martha
received him into her house.”
Have you ever been a guest at Martha’s home?
You haven’t seen her for such a long time
and had so much to share.
Her kindness and attention meet your every need.
From the time you sat down,
you haven’t seen the bottom of the coffee cup.
And you will bust if you even look at another tasty treat.
Then you notice however much
you enjoy everything that comes your way,
you just wish that Martha
would sit down for a moment
to spend a little quality time with you.
Then you go and visit Mary.
She grabs you by the arm, and you sit down in a rush.
Hours seem to go by with all of the talk and laughter.
You notice you are getting hungry
or you have to cough a few times
before Mary brings you a glass of water.
As the sun begins to set, the room gets colder,
and no one closes the window or lights a fire.
Despite being a little uncomfortable,
you have a great visit with your friend.
Isn’t it best not to have to choose?
And while we welcome Martha’s hospitality,
we acknowledge that Mary
could have been more considerate of her sister
and share in some of the chores.
But if you must choose between Martha and Mary,
really being with someone is always the better part.
The relationship will manage without the treats,
but not without one heart speaking to another heart.
After all is said and done in a day,
put aside all of the activity
and let your heart come to life
as you sit at the feet of your Savior and your Friend.