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There are some in every family. There is the do-er and the pray-er. Now, the do-er prays and the pray-er does, but it is only after the do-er does and pray-er prays. Between my sister and me, she was the do-er and I was the pray-er. Growing up, we often heard about Mary and Martha. She was the Martha, and I was the Mary. She was often irritated with me because I was not doing what she thought I should be doing. I was so caught up in prayer, I never knew why she was angry with me.


Jesus told Martha that she didn't need to worry about the housework and the serving. She could rest and listen to His words just like Mary. Martha was, of course, scandalized by this. How could she allow a guest to go without refreshment in her own house? Especially, one she loved so much?


Jesus did not come to her house for snacks, (although they were probably amazing!) He came to offer her the Good News. He wanted to feed her, not the other way around. There would be plenty of time for everything else later.


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 and it will not be taken from her." Luke 10: 40-42

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