Finding rest at Christmas (and beyond)
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41, 42 NIVUK)
Christmas can feel like a busy time; shopping, parties, deadlines, and the marathon of church events.
It is easy to get lost in the busyness of Christmas, and to miss the things that are really important.
Whilst some of the busyness is inevitable, some can spring from a mixture of emotions and motives: avoiding a sense of loneliness; pride; guilt.
We see this happen in the book of Luke, when Jesus goes to eat in the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha spends her time running around cooking, serving dinner, and cleaning, which are very good things, but are busy things. Meanwhile, Mary sits in the company of Jesus. When Martha asks Jesus to tell her to work too, He tells her that, “Mary has chosen what is better.”
How might advent provide an opportunity to realign ourselves, looking to Jesus not only as the baby born in the manger, but the one who brings true rest, and calls us to enjoy relationship with him?
These posts are, in part, inspired by a Christmas Devotional available as a reading plan with You Version.
I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.