Luke 10:38-42 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Are you reading through the 24 chapters of Luke during advent? As Mike was reading Luke 10 at the dinner table 3 days ago, he read the verses above. Wow! I think Luke was writing to me in my 2020 advent season. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the preparations for Christmas. I find lists I have written all through the house. Lists for baking ingredients, lists for gifts to purchase and wrap, lists for decorating ideas, lists for Christmas movies I want to watch, lists for lighted neighborhoods I want to visit……
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the preparations of Christmas. But, Mary chose what was better as she sat at her Lord’s feet. Mary’s focus never left Jesus. This Christmas, give yourself a break. Instead of getting wrapped up in creating the perfect Pinterest Christmas, focus on what is important. Stay at the feet of Jesus.
From my half decorated house to yours, I wish you a very “Mary Christmas”!
I too am a Martha but working on being a Mary.