Only One Thing is Necessary

Today’s Word:  ONE

Today’s Time of Stillness:  1 minute

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42

Jesus came to the home of Mary and Martha for a visit.  Like a lot of us will be this month, Martha was running around fixing food, hiding clutter, giving the floor one last sweep.  But Mary was in the room with Jesus, sitting at his feet, listening.

We can get “worried and bothered about so many things” over the holidays.  We want everything to be special, or just right, often driven by idyllic images of what Christmas should look like or feel like, or fear of what others will say if the cards go out late or the presents look like a five year old wrapped them or you forget to buy a gift for the school bus driver… again.

Whether it’s family or finances or an impossible to do list, worry and bother will invariably be a part of the holidays.  But in the midst of that, like Mary, we can choose the good part; we can stop and remember why we are celebrating in the first place, and do the one thing, the only thing, that is truly necessary.  We can sit at Jesus’ feet, and be.  Be welcomed.  Be accepted.  Be beloved.  Be still.

Let today’s word, ONE, be a breath prayer for you, both during your one minute of stillness before God, and throughout this Advent season.

The Spiritual Practice of Stillness

Stillness is a form of prayer, but it is a time without words – our words, anyway.  In stillness, we rest before God, believing that God is present, whether we can feel that presence or not.  We rest in knowing that we are beloved by God and that God desires us to be with him.  That is why Jesus came – Immanuel, God with us.

Maybe you will hear a word from God during your times of stillness or maybe you will be all too aware of the baking soda you need from the grocery store for your cookies or the bird outside your window crowing louder than you can ever remember.  Don’t be frustrated by wandering thoughts.  Use your word for the day as a breath prayer to call your mind back to God.  And don’t judge your time of stillness by how “productive” you think it is.  It’s not about what you do, it’s about who God is.  Our being in God’s presence matters to God and so it matters to us.

Blessings this Advent season!

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