Thursday, May 21, 2015


by Cheryl Merrick

In a society of Marthas,
where expectations are defined
     by their strengths,
a homemaking standard is set.

Required are exhausting hours
     of cooking, cleaning, and errand running.

Nobly declaring they are
     simply trying to meet their family’s needs,
     they create a life of complexity.
A life where there is no time to relax or reflect,
     and where scripture study is but another duty
     to be performed and checked off their daily list.

So, heavily encumbered,
     they busily rush to and fro,

     neglecting the “better part”.

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