The Reason For The Season Luke 2:4-20

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Mary and Martha

I praise God that I was in an audience this week of when our pastor spoke on Mary and Martha.  He offered the devotion as a ‘reminder’.  WOW.  It was a ‘reminder’ that I definitely needed to hear.  And I imagine someone else out there needs the same reminder, so here you go.

 

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

 

In this passage, we are seeing in clear view that Martha is missing the moment because of the tasks at hand.  She is so consumed with the preparations of the meal.  Martha was unable to keep her focus on Jesus because she was so frustrated with Mary. 

 

More times than not, I find myself being Martha.  Trying to juggle all of the responsibilities I carry.  Just as Martha, I work hard and I always have the best intention at heart but I can easily allow myself to have a ‘Martha Moment’.  As a reminder to my day, I have posted a sign in my office that says ‘Don’t Be Martha’.  So, that I can embrace the moment at hand to sit at the feet of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read,

Nancy E. Hill

 

 

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