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Prayer to Trust In the One Thing

“The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing” ~Luke 10:41-42

Dear Lord,

Every time I read these verses, I identify myself with Martha, yet I feel that Mary is the one I should strive to be. I realize a mix of the two is the reality I should long for. You have placed me in this particular time for a purpose, to work and complete the tasks needed. You have also made me for communion with You, now and forever, glorifying You eternally.

Please help me seek the balance of both Martha and Mary in my life. Both exist in my spirit. Draw me to You in prayerful contemplation, and help me to complete the tasks that You have called me to.

Like Martha, I feel the need to be working constantly, always trying to make everything right. I often feel overwhelmed by the many things to do, burdened by the lack of help, and feeling responsible for keeping it all together. In my exasperation and hurry, I often miss seeing You in the little ordinary moments of those many tasks.

Like Mary, I sit at Your feet, awaiting Your mercy, love, and teaching. I listen as You speak to me and show me how to love, how to forgive, and how to live. You are my dear friend and I thank You for choosing me. In Your love and patience, You say to Martha and to me, “You are anxious about many things, there is need of only one thing”. You are the One thing.

Help me to keep You in Your rightful place always – first place in every area of my life. I want to be like both Martha and Mary, Your dear friends and followers.

Help me to serve You and to follow You. Help me to work faithfully and to listen attentively.

Thank You for creating me to be hardworking, dedicated, and responsible.

Thank You for speaking Your words of love and peace through friends, family, community, life experiences, and Your written Word.

Thank You for leading me, forming me and for never leaving me.

In your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Sara lives in Maryland and is an artist who works in arts administration in a few locations around Maryland. Her art is both 2D/3D and made in a variety of media. It focuses on aspects of personal identity and seeks to make connections with various parts of the Catholic faith. She enjoys reading, writing, and getting to experience God's glory in nature- especially while viewing a sunrise or walking along a forest path. Check out her website to see her art:

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