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Topic: FUSSY (11/17/16)
TITLE: Everything Just So
By Lois Farrow
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It would be nice if my sister helped me! She usually does, and when I asked this lot in, I thought she’d do as she always does. We work well together in the kitchen. Mary makes delicious spreads which would go well on this bread today, but is she here making it? No, she is not.
I am here on my own, with over fifteen people to prepare lunch for, and what does Mary do? Sits on the floor next door listening to the conversation!
And I want everything just so. They say I am fussy but I don’t call it that, I just think things should be done properly, that’s all. So here I am, stoking the fire, kneading the dough, preparing the vegetables and sauces and it all takes time. Not that anyone else is worried about time, except me. They’ve got all day, it seems. Jesus never appears to be in a rush. When he is around, he makes you feel he has all the time in the world.
Right, there goes the bread into the oven. Now, mix the sauces and prepare the vegetables while the bread bakes.
I didn’t expect them here today. They were just passing through, Jesus said, when they came. Of course, I said come in and I’ll prepare you a meal. What else could I say? It is an honour to have Jesus and his disciples come to our house, and it doesn’t happen very often. So I’m glad they’re here, it’s just that I wish Mary would help instead of sitting next door doing nothing.
Lazarus, my brother, is a good host, he has looked after everybody, washed their feet and made them comfortable. We are a good team, we three. I can hear laughter and I can hear Jesus talking, but I can’t tell the words from here. I don’t have time to stop and listen. I’ve got to find my best dishes, and arrange these vegetables just the right way. I do like things looking nice.
Now, what else needs doing? Oh, there is so much work still to do, I just can’t do it on my own. That Mary! She has to come and help. It’s no use asking her, she is so wrapped up in what Jesus is saying. So I will go to him and ask him directly. He will tell her to help me.
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