A reflection from “With Our Savior,” a new Lenten devotional.
By Claire McGarry
Friday after Ash Wednesday
Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had. (Mark 12:43-44)
“Wow! I can’t believe you got me this!” the mom exclaimed to her two sons as she unwrapped the necklace she’d been eyeing for a while. Then, gently, she added, “You two didn’t have the money for this.”
“Dimitri and I pooled our money,” Dominik grinned.
“Yeah,” Dimitri chimed in. “We smashed our piggy banks! There was just enough to buy the necklace for you.”
Tears sprang to the mom’s eyes as she hugged her boys in deep gratitude. Sure, she’d received more expensive gifts before. But she’d never received anything where the givers had given their all. Her heart was filled to overflowing.
That’s exactly how Jesus felt when he watched the widow put money into the treasury. Others had put in more, but because they had extra; it didn’t mean much to them. In comparison, the poor widow put in the only two coins she had. Her generosity of spirit was by far the bigger donation.
WITH OUR SAVIOR » Dear God, inspire me to give my all as often as I can.
WITH YOUR FAMILY » In the midst of your busy day, is there just one more kind thing you can do for someone? It can be something small. Can you do it, even if you don’t really have the time?
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