There really was something about this particular Mary…

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named  Martha welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary,  who also  sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.  But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her,  “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But  one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”  – Luke 10:38-42

Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10

During a recent time of worship, I wrote a song based on this account of Martha and her sister Mary from the Gospel of Luke. It is also based on the first part of Psalm 46:10.

My desire has always been to be like Mary but, I have to admit, I have spent more of my life being rather Martha-like: anxious, stressed out, overwhelmed, frayed and frazzled. And, then there are my really bad days.

This song was birthed equally out of my desire to more like Mary and my Martha-like desperation. It’s a heart-cry and, since writing it, I can’t get it out of my head.

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SEARCH ME (a song-prayer from Psalm 139:23-24) by Autumn Dawn Leader

The Psalms are the song-book of Israel. They were written as prayers to be sung. Praying isn’t complicated, it’s communication. But, that being said, how often do we all stumble in communicating well? I often find my heart’s words in the words of the Psalms – and I sing them out, praying the ancient words as if they were just as appropriate, applicable and relevant today…because they are! This is a prayer of devotion, of consecration… a help me, cleanse me, lead me, guide me prayer. Sing/pray along with me today.