Two weeks ago twelve women from my church spent a weekend away. Our retreat leader led us in a time of peaceful reflection. Our theme was "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." We laughed about our Martha ways, celebrated our Mary ways, and acknowledged the need for both. It was a great weekend.
We spent part of one afternoon making prayer beads to remind us to trust in God's presence. We were encouraged to keep our prayer beads somewhere close to us, so I am keeping mine on my key chain. At the end of the weekend, as we received Holy Communion, we put a rock in the dump truck on the worship center to represent the busyness or the burden we were leaving behind. We also placed our prayer beads on the table for blessing. It was a moving experience... and a good reminder to balance our Martha and Mary and practice some times of unbusyness.