There is need of only one thing

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10, 38-42

GOOD AND BAD

 Shall we receive the good at the hand of God,
         and not receive the bad?
                   —Job 2.10

What if love does not hand out stuff,
good or bad,
but is simply present in all things?
Without judging, can I receive it?

What if nothing happens “at the hand of God,”
but everything is in the hand of God?
Without judging, can I receive it all?

What if things, like rain, are both good and bad,
and neither, but simply are?
Without judging, can I receive them?

What if good and bad
are so wrapped up in pleasant and unpleasant
that we can’t tell very well?
Without judging, can I receive everything?

What if my life is neither good nor bad
but wondrously full of pain and pleasure,
and the presence of God?
Without judging, can I receive it?

I open my hands.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net