Cumbered With Serving

She was cumbered with serving; the household, the board,
The meal to be mingled, the feast to be spread,
So she could not sit still at the feet of the Lord,
Though her spirit was faint for the heavenly bread.

She was cumbered with serving; the quick tones grew sharp,
There were lines on her brow, there was grief in her eyes;
And no time could she spare for the sweet thrilling harp,
Or the hymn that should gently as incense arise.

She was cumbered with serving; she marvelled, indeed,
That any could rest while the work must be done
The work that was pressing, since days with such speed
Fled on till the night and the fall of the sun.

She was cumbered with serving ; the dear Lord was there,
She could touch Him, could call Him, could bend at His knee;
Yet this was the whole of her querulous prayer
"O Master, my sister, wilt bid her help me?"

Ah! Martha of Bethany, many there be
Who are cumbered, like thee, with earth's service this day;
And, fettered and weary and fretted like thee,
They go to the Master and bitterly pray.

And some of them, matrons, are tired of steps
All over the house from the morn till the eve;
And some of them, mothers, are pale to the lips
With the tasks they must do or the tasks they must leave.

And their comfort is, when the great tears well up,
And the soul with endeavour and longing is spent,
That the Lord has compassion, who sees their life's cup
So dark with the brewing of hot discontent.

His saying, 'Cumbered with serving,' although it reprove
And stir them uneasy, hath a pitiful tone,
And they hear through its tender reproach: the Lord's love
That never lets slip from its clasping His own.

~By Mrs. Margaret E. Sangster~


A Little Note from Cobblestone Road Ministries:

Luke 10:38-42 
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain
village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her
house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus'
feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was encumbered about much
serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my
sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that
good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

How many of us are busy with this or busy with that. Busy serving,
teaching, helping, working, cleaning, cooking, writing, reading, etc.
We are busy driving, socializing, listening to music, radio, etc.
But one thing is needful-- to take a break and sit at our Savior's
feet-- to rest in His Word. To sit with our Bibles opened and
LEARN what His Spirit would teach us. Oh how needful
it is to truly be still and know that He is God. When your
day is stressful, take a deep breath, take time out and sit
alone and get into the Bible, rest at the Lord's feet.
Take your burdens to Him in prayer and leave
them there! Oh what peace there is
when you are resting in Him!

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Lord and Savior,
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Further Bible Study:
Perfect Rest - Resting In The Lord
Sitting At Jesus' Feet - Mary vs. Martha
The Heavy Burden Of Being Purpose Driven
A Call To Prayer - By R.G. Lee
The Blessed Provision: Prayer In The Day Of Trouble
How To Study Your Bible
Trust in God, Hope in God...For when troubles come your way
Wrapped in God's Love
The Bible Cure for Doubting Christians
Give Your Burdens Over To The Lord
Learning To Lean On Jesus

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