I have been torn about the Mary and Martha story for some time. I have been a Martha most of my life: head strong, determined, focused on the end result. If I saw a cause or need, I would throw myself into making it beautiful, meaningful and well received.
But I missed the joy of the actual event because I wanted someone else to experience it—to see something or feel something. I sure did miss the boat for many years. I made sure the kitchen was spotless, the laundry done, the flowers without weeds. And what did I miss because of that? Memories and moments with friends and family that I can’t get back.
My home is no longer spotless. I no longer hover over my guests or family, eating separately. I dine with them and talk with them and pray with them. I finish the dishes after the guests have gone. I am making memories and building relationships. God needs both Marthas and Marys to sit at God’s feet, absorbing God’s love, enjoying God’s company and learning to share this with others.
This message is an excerpt of a Women of the ELCA blog by Sara Larson.
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