John 11, 28-31
Something to read
When she [Martha] had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
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Something to think about
Martha has spoken to Jesus, and now it’s Mary’s turn to spend some time with him. Jesus chose not to go to the village to see her, but called her to come to him. This may have been because he knew that the plots against him were beginning, or it may have been to allow them to have a quiet chat without the other people who seem to be in the house.
When times are bad, sometimes we want to be surrounded by other people, and sometimes we want ‘one on one’ time with a partner or close friend, or someone from our family. It’s hard to tell people to go away and leave us alone, when they have taken time out to be with us, because we don’t want to hurt their feelings, and we don’t want them not to offer again.
Something to do
Are there people you know who could do with a bit of company, whether it’s because they are having a tough time, or just because they are lonely? See if they would appreciate a visit, but be sensitive. And f someone is helping you out, don’t forget to make them feel appreciated.
Something to pray
Help me to be a comforter and supporter, and help me to support people when they need me, and appreciate people when they give me support.
Today's contributor is Suzanne Elvidge, a writer who specialises in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, technology, business and ecological issues. Suzanne is the Ethical Living editor for surefish.co.uk, Christian Aid's community website.