Have a Mary Christmas...

Some of you that know me will be appalled at the misspelling in the title of this blog.  But it is not a mistake.  I am literally wishing that you have a "Mary" Christmas, not a "Martha" Christmas.

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The busyness of Christmas can be overwhelming and cause much stress as we contemplate all of those things we "have" to do.  Do we feel pressure from others or do we put this pressure on ourselves?  I'm not suggesting that we
not do any preparation but that we do things this Christmas out of love and not because of what we think others may expect.

Looking back over past Christmases, it is being with loved ones that I remember, not the "things".  And that first Christmas, there was no tinsel, no tree, no meal.  There was just a tiny baby lying in a manger who was the Savior.

May we choose what is better this Christmas.  Few things are needed - or indeed only one.

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