“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Lk 10: 41-42

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In the above quote Jesus is addressing Martha in the wonderful, instructive, short story in which Jesus visits the home of Martha and her sister Mary and Martha undertakes to prepare a meal for Jesus as Mary sits at Jesus feet listening to him while Martha is working.

In the story Martha has just complained that Mary is not helping her and asks for Jesus to say something to Mary.  Jesus response tells Martha and all of us – that worry and anxiety need not govern us – rather that we need only God who provides all that we need in life, and whose governance of life is absolute provided we seek His care.

We all can easily be engaged in so many tasks each day.  Sometimes the volume of tasks creates anxiety and worry, sometimes it is simply the weight of one or two things – but this need not be.

Yes, some things have a grave quality.  Yet, when we face these things do we face them with God?  Do we fell His presence?  Are we confident of His love of us?  Do we know that He will walk with us in all that we encounter?  Do we live daily, moment after moment with Him?  Do we speak to God in prayer?

Truth is – you are never alone, never neglected.  Bring God into your life.  It is not necessary that you become anxious and worry.  You are not responsibile for all things and all good outcomes.

O almighty God, whose wise and kind providence watches over every human event, be my light and my counsel in all my undertakings …

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Shalom.

Today the sun dawned over the blue mountains.  It appeared in a delicate tangerine – the lightest of pastels and glazed the snow covered fields.  Who can think there is no God?

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