Have you ever noticed how different two siblings can be? My sister and I have a lot in common but many differences as well. When we were young, my sister climbed out of her crib when she was 1 year old. I’m the older sister and so my mom felt that it was time I learned this skill as well. When she went to show me how, she discovered that I knew how, I was just waiting for permission!
Sisters Mary and Martha have differing reactions to Jesus’ visit. Martha was doing all she could to make her guest feel welcome, probably preparing good food for the visit. Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet listening. Both are reasonable responses until Martha gets frustrated. Rather than empathizing, however, Jesus says, “you are worried and distracted by many things…”
Jesus invites not only Martha but all of us to stop what we are doing and just be. To reflect and dwell in God’s love and grace for us. It’s like Jesus is saying you are enough without doing anything else.
In our crazy busy world, it is hard to comprehend that you are enough just the way you are.
Let us pray…God of understanding, give us the courage to slow down, focus on the people who are important in our lives and to dwell in your love for us. Amen.
Pastor Betsy Hoium serves at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
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