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Thoughts:Jesus came to our house in Bethany a lot, traveling around the way he did. They do say I’m the best cook for 20 miles around Jerusalem – no brag, just fact.
Jesus and Lazarus were great friends. Used to talk by the hour. And Mary? She was crazy about him. Couldn’t get a lick of work out of her when he’d show up.
He came by unexpected one day. Wasn’t long before they crucified him. You know how you say to people, “Just drop by any time”? Lazarus was a great hand for doing that.
Well, all of a sudden there they were – Jesus and that dusty mob he called his disciples. Sure I was glad to see him, but did you ever try to put a meal together in a hurry – enough to fill up thirteen hungry men?
But I started in, and I got the mutton simmering and I had the matzo ball dough all stirred up. I turned around to tell Mary she could set the table. And where do you think she was?
Why she was in the front room, sitting there at Jesus’ feet and gazing up at him and drinking in every word. I tell you, I was right provoked. I marched out of the kitchen, and I said, “Master, why don’t you tell Mary she ought to help me?”
And Jesus just smiled at me and said, “Martha, Martha, you are troubled about many things. Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
It took the wind right out of my sails. I just went back to the kitchen and finished up dinner. I reckon he meant to be kind to Mary and not embarrass her, but I do notice that everybody likes to sit down to a good meal.
Discussion: Do you identify with Martha, Mary, or Lazarus? Why?
Activity: Invite someone to your home who may not have many invitations.
Remember in prayer this week our work trippers who return on Saturday, Gerda Clark, Francis and Megal Corera, Brian Dukes family, and Chrystl Roman.
Tonight at 5:00pm is the RUSH Series with Jackson Steiger at Metropolitan UMC.
Then at 7:30pm our church softball team has a play-off game at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham. Come out and cheer them on.
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