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My husband and I were resting after two days of preparing for Thanksgiving dinner at our house. We were more than exhausted from cleaning the house, taking out and then putting away extra tables and chairs, making a gluttonous amount of food and cleaning up afterwards. Even with all that busy work, I was still able to reflect on how special the day was. We had such a great Thanksgiving visiting with family and reminiscing. With the help of technology, we even were able to Face-time with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. How wonderful to have this type of technology, because it didn’t seem like Thanksgiving without them!
I definitely had my Martha on! It made me think of how on edge I get making sure everything is perfectly prepared and presented. I couldn’t help but think of Luke 10 when Martha invited Jesus and His disciples to dine with her and her family in their home:
“Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” Luke 10:38-40 (NLT)
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A long time ago, when I first read that passage, I thought, “You go, girl! That lazy sister needs to help you prepare for the most important guest to ever walk through the front door!” But look at how Jesus answered her:
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NLT)
Would Thanksgiving have been just as good if we had stopped at Publix the day before and picked up a pre-made dinner? Absolutely! Sometimes we just need to be in the moment. We need to enjoy the family and friends that we don’t see that often. My pride wanted me to make sure everyone had a delicious meal – my spirit wanted me to sit down and talk and enjoy the company.