“…a woman named Martha welcomed him (Jesus) into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Dear Friends in Christ,
July has come. School is over, classes have ended, programs have ceased, and the pace has slowed. Or has it? Just when it feels as if we should be able to take a deep breath and enjoy the lazy days of summer and relax a bit, we are confronted with a whole new itinerary. There are vacations to plan, trips to be taken, kids to be shuttled, picnics to be eaten, and even some fish to be caught. The activities may have changed, but the schedules have not lessened. The pace can still be hectic, distracting, and full of tasks.
As we try to fit as much activity into our short summer season as possible, we need to remember the importance of taking some “Mary” time each week. Instead of worrying and being distracted by all of the things that require our attention, we should take time to sit and listen to Jesus speak. As people who profess a belief and put their trust in Jesus, worship continues to be central to our life and faith. And by continuing to maintain our commitment to regularly gather to worship with the people of God, we will be keeping our focus on what is truly important. Thanks be to God, we have been promised that, as we gather together, Christ himself is with us; encouraging us, lifting us up, strengthening us in faith, and binding us together as his body in the world.
I encourage you to not be distracted by your many tasks, but rather to choose the ‘better thing’ and make your worship a priority each week. Your presence matters.