A person of unexpected peace.

Jesus had an advance team.

He sent a couple people to villages and towns he was going to visit. They would go to the town, stop at a house, say, “Peace to this house.” In some houses, no one would respond to this statement. And they would move on. But in some houses, there was a person of peace. The greeting would be returned. They would find hospitality. A seat. A meal. A place to stay. “Don’t move from house to house,” Jesus said. “Stay there.”

I heard that story last week. I started to write to a friend, talking with her about a recent experience with that kind of person. A person who offered hospitality, who offered connections in her town, who offered peace. The person had been nicknamed “Martha.”

As I wrote, I started thinking about Martha in the Bible. The Martha no one wants to be like. The Martha scolded by Jesus.

I realized that when Jesus gave instructions to his followers, he was merely describing his own way of living, at least as illustrated in the story of Martha.

Martha, the one we allege was cranky, was really a person of peace.

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More on Martha and peace; Martha on Monday; Martha and Mary.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.