41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”– Luke 10:41-42, NIV
Phew. December is almost over. December is a mix of a sprint and a marathon. All out one day but long enough if we sprint it we will be worn out. Between trying to get to Christmas Parties, work events, school events, getting a tree, shopping, and everything else in between… I am tired. Chances are so are you. I am looking forward to the drive home after the last Christmas Eve service. It will be a long winding drive home as I exhale from a long month. You too will probably have that same moment. Whether it is after the gifts are all assembled or when Christmas dinner has been served. The moment when we can just let the long month go. (exhale here)
The verse today describes a scene when Jesus is visiting the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is trying to manage a number of tasks while Mary is simply being with Jesus. Mary understood the priority. It was to be with Jesus. Martha was too busy to understand that all the material things did not matter, we are to simply BE with Jesus.
All of our Christmas seasons have been at breakneck speed, in fifth gear. All to prepare and make Christmas better for everyone we know. To make sure that everyone is happy. While we were doing that we have missed the focus of the season. Jesus does not require cookies under the chimney nor a fancy present. What is required is our attention. Where is you attention today?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.– John 1:1-5, NIV
As we come to terms what has happened in Newtown, CT an undeniable fact come to light. That bad things happen in this world. Many people have described it as evil. This in not the only evil happened in the world yesterday. In China, 22 children were attacked by a mentally ill man in their school. While Newtown is in the media forefront today there will always be evil in the world. Since the beginning of time our own corruption has overcome what God truly intended for the world. As we scan the news day by day, most of it is darkness. Our humanity causing pain in the world in which God wanted good to reside. I weep and mourn with those in Newtown, as well as those in China. But also for those losing their lives or in circumstances beyond their control in Africa and throughout the world. Darkness runs rampant throughout our world.
But in the darkness of this world there is hope. There is a light, a ray of hope. That light comes in the form of the baby Jesus that we celebrate in a couple weeks. The one little light was the first spark in a dark sinful world. As more and more put their faith in Christ the light become brighter. As we move aways from a world corrupt by our own greed and wants the light become brighter. And evil cannot overcome it.
My friends, as we feel we live in a dark world, understand that the darkness cannot overcome the light. The light that orginates from God.