Martha and Mary

A story in the Bible that has always stood out to me has been the story of Mary and Martha.  Mary and Martha were sisters and hosted Jesus and his disciples in their home.  In Luke 10:38-42, we read that while Martha prepared the meal and served it, her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to him teach.  Martha complained to Jesus that her sister was not helping her, and Jesus gently chastised her because Mary was not wrong in wanting to listen to Jesus’ teaching.

I have always felt led to the ministry of hospitality.  Opening our home to people has always been such a blessing to me.  Preparing a meal that is prayed over, enjoyed, savored – few things in life bring me more joy.

Easter Sunday, 2005, I woke up with so much to do.  I thought I’d prepared enough ahead of time, but as the day dawned, I realized that time was not on my side.  I had lamb that had been marinating all night long that needed to be cooked, I had potatoes to peel, eggs to boil, a cake to decorate — and in front of me loomed a full day in a Spirit filled church where the pastor would just be warming up about 12:30.

But after church, I had 40 people coming over, including the pastor and his family, the music director, and various other guests and their children.  For the first time in my life, I would not be attending church on Easter Sunday…

…for the rest of this post, please see my guest post at Today’s Housewife.

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