A Collect for Pausing
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." - Luke 10:41-42 (ESV)
Gracious Lord, who corrects us with gentleness and patience, we are too often controlled by the world's demands and focused on the many urgent matters around us. Give us wisdom to know how and when to step away from these lesser things and turn to you so that we might learn how to live in your kingdom and in your way of life and might discover how our souls truly live, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.