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  • Who’s Martha?

    No, not Martha Stewart, although we do love her. The Martha that inspired the name of this site is the Martha of the Bible. Do you know the story? Jesus goes to visit friends, and while many sit at his feet and listen, Martha is “cumbered 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.”

    Doing the important work of feeding guests, being a hostess, taking care of business, Martha is tired and not just a little complainy.  And the Lord comforts her, telling her that she is “careful and troubled about many things”, and instructs her to seek out the “good part”.

    Because of this, Martha gets a pretty bad rap.  Christ’s words are interpreted to mean that Martha was doing wrong in cooking, serving, cleaning. But if He did mean that, then who was supposed to do that work? What if He simply meant that she had the wrong attitude about the service she was providing?

    In a later story, Martha is again serving at dinner, but there’s no mention of complaining, of frustration or anger on her part. Did she take those words to heart? Did she realize the divine work she was doing in nurturing her family?

    This site was born when we realized that, like Martha, we get “cumbered about much serving”. That’s not what we want, it’s no fun for anyone.  We want to embrace homemaking in all it’s various, difficult varieties.  We want to create magical moments with our families, enjoy them, nourish them, love them.  We want to create houses of order, houses of peace. We’re not claiming to know ANYTHING definitively about how to do that, but we’re trying to figure it all out.

    Won’t you do that with us?