MARY, MARTHA and ME
Camille Fronk Olson * * * * *
Seeking the One Thing that is Needful. Sister Olsen retells the stories of all Christ’s known interactions with Lazarus, his two sisters, and guests. In the each case, Martha serves while Mary sits and listens. At first, Martha grumbles and asks Jesus to bid Mary help her. Christ points out the one thing that is needful. Martha learned this lesson. The other occurrences find Martha still serving and Mary listening and talking, but the animosity is gone. Mary serves in the capacity of learner and teacher that she is good at and enjoys. Martha likewise serves with her homemaking talents, her caring, nurturing, loving service equally needful, and her testimony just as strong. This book encourages women to concentrate first on Christ, then on their own talents and capabilities, rather than comparing ourselves with others. It’s comforting to my soul.
I also get the idea that every family, every community, every social group of any size needs both a Martha and a Mary. When it comes right down to it, perhaps each individual needs a time to be a Martha and a time to be a Mary. It’s even possible to be both during the same day
At least, reading this book gave me lots of comfort and relief regarding all the work I don’t do.