Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Many of us can probably sympathize with Martha, especially during the holidays. I confess to being one of those people who want to have a picture perfect Christmas. The glossy magazines beckon me with their layouts of beautifully decorated homes, painstakingly decorated cookies, and pictures of well-mannered children who aren’t pulling their brother’s hair. In my search for the “perfect” Christmas, I often lose sight of the wonder of the season.
Thankfully, the older I get, the more I understand that there’s no such thing as perfect. I’ve also learned that there is great beauty in simplicity. No store bought decorations can compare with the stars on a clear winter night, yet how often they are overlooked in all the hustle and bustle.
This Christmas, let us vow, like Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet, to choose the good part, the one thing that is needed.
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, Help me slow down this holiday season. Help me to see the wonder of a birth in a manger, of angels appearing to shepherds, of wise men following a star. Amen.
by Ginger Kincaid, reprinted from 1997