This Sunday, many will hear about Jesus' visit to Martha and Mary. It contrasts Martha, busy with "many things," and her sister, Mary, who listened to Jesus for "the one thing that cannot be taken away."
Morning Prayer lessons this week have included:
- I Samuel's account of Hannah, who in her time of need let nothing come between her and God.
- Luke 11:37ff, in which Jesus warns against using external religious behavior as a poor (and destructive) substitute for true relationship with God.
- Luke 12:1-12, a truly Trinitarian passage in which Jesus tells us to fear God (the Father), confess the Son and honor and rely upon the Holy Spirit. (Jesus tells us to elevate God above all earthly powers).
Lucado rightly notes the awesome wonder of God (why would we seek help from anyone else?) and, at the same time, the intimate love of God who wants us to know His very name.
I don't intentionally "worship" anybody or anything to the extent that I value them more than God. I'm more like Martha, letting "many things" pull me this way and that until I'm not listening for that One voice I really need to hear and follow. So often, I find that when my prayer life gets hurried or neglected, "many things" move in to claim my attention.
Looking forward to your thoughts. I will post on Ch. 3 Thursday night, then be out of town for a bit. Will take up Ch. 4 next week.