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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Potluck (Meal or Gathering) Deadline 7-26-12 @ 10 AM NY Time (07/19/12)

TITLE: The Gathering
By Deborah Sampson


When Jesus entered the village, a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. Martha settled them into the gathering area, made them as comfortable as she could before she turned to go.

She immediately set about fixing a meal for her special guest. It was a warm day and preparation would take some time. Where was her sister Mary? She glanced into the room and found her sitting at Jesus’s feet.

Mary was so intent on each word spoken by Him. She was in awe of his teaching. Nothing else seemed to matter to her as this opportunity.

Seeing Mary, angered Martha, Mary knew she should be out here helping her sister. There was much to do, table to set, bowls to place, drinking cups to set out and pour cool water into them and the fruit to clean and cut, and the bread to break and prepare.

“What now?” She moaned to herself. Someone was at the entrance to the doorway; Martha put her bread down, and went to see who was there.

“Yes? Oh Rhoda, I can’t talk now, I am so busy.” Martha explained as she brushed the bread crumbs from her robe.

“No dear, I just wanted to give you this goat cheese pie I made, and Deborah sent you some of her cucumbers from her garden, and Delmar sent you her wonderful bread just out of the oven, we thought you could use it today.” She replied.

“Thank you Rhoda, thank you all, yes this will help, thank you for your kindness.” Martha said as she sat the pie and cucumbers and bread down on the table.

Rhoda turned to go, “Martha, you should be happy, Jesus accepted your invitation to join you and your family.”

“I am just a little busy now, I need to get back to work, dear, you understand this, I’m sure.” With that she left her friend at the door, as she hurried back to her duties of preparing the food.

“Mary,” Martha said in a somewhat crisp voice. “Come and help me.”

Mary never left the side of Jesus. Martha continued on with the preparation herself, muttering under her breath what she thought of her sister for being so selfish. Mary had had enough. She went to Jesus and said “Sir, do you not care that my sister left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

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 from her.”

Martha looked a little pale as she glanced at her sister. Mary returned her sister’s gaze. “Martha, please come and sit with me, we both can, in record time, finish getting things in order. We’ll have a great feast set out with all the fine food.”

Martha knew her words spoke the truth, they could do it, and she could hear what the Lord was saying also.

How silly she had been, after hearing the rest, she knew that Mary had the right answer, the words He spoke was soothing to the soul, Martha was glad she had stopped fussing and listened instead.

With both of them working, all the food was before their guests including the treats from their good friends in no time. Peace and contentment filled the room.

Based on Luke 10:38-42 ‘with a scenario of what possibly could have happened during this time’

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Laura Manley07/26/12
Ah, yes, you had both women pegged correctly; in particular, Martha who was always busy "doing." I found your story showed the difference between Mary and Martha, while it still was on topic at hand. There were a couple sentences that seemed awkward to me... they seemed incomplete; however, this was a different, but nice take on the subject. Nicely written.
C D Swanson 07/27/12
Nice job with the retelling of the familiar Bible story. I enjoyed it. Thanks. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/12
I'll admit when I first started reading I thought --another Martha and Mary story. It seems there have been so many this quarter. Then about a third of the way in, you took a nice turn and I found myself smiling and leaning closer to the screen. I liked the neighbors coming by. It showed how one-sided poor Martha was because she didn't even invite her neighbors in to meet Jesus. She was too busy fussing to realize her helpers would have loved to seen Jesus up close and personal. It's a brilliant allegory of how often we get busy in our lives and forget to invite our friends in to meet Jesus.