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Martha - Green Star Point


poetry by Colleen Ann Myrhol

Trustful Martha
God granted you strength
to wipe away your tears
And the fortitude for you
to face your greatest fears

your love for your Sister Mary
and Lazarus your dear brother
Served as a genuine example
of faith and loyalty to each another

Martha treated Jesus
As her honored guest

She believed in the Lord
And she was forever blessed

Sturdy branches
Ever green
For all of time

Each offshoot
Defends the other

Like a loving sister
Protecting her brother

This star point represented by Martha imbues the inherent characteristics of enduring faith. The pine represents the color green indicating vitality while the evergreen represents allegorically the soul's immortality. The broken column is the emblem that refers to the impermanence and ephemeral condition of human existence.

The Biblical Story of Martha

In the Book of St John, we learn that Martha and Mary, with their brother Lazarus, were residents of Bethany. They were known among the people of the country as followers of Jesus. During the absence of Jesus from Bethany, Lazarus was taken ill and in a short time died. At the close of the fourth day, Martha learned that Jesus was returning to Bethany. She hastened to Him and overwhelmed with emotion, raised her hands imploringly toward his face, crying: "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died! But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee."

Jesus said unto her "Thy brother shall rise again." She replied "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Jesus said unto her; "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?" and Martha answered: "Yea, Lord, I believe."
Adah Ruth Esther Martha Electa