As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
The VBS children collected money to give to our friend who is an agricultural missionary to Ethiopia — to establish a Sunday School.
The fifth and sixth graders were in charge of counting the money. Sitting on the steps up to the altar, the ones who counted the paper money had an exciting job. Our goal was $100, and there was a check for $100! There were fives and tens and ones. Over $220 in cash!
The kids counting the change had it tougher. They opened envelopes and spilled out quarters, dimes, nickels, and hundreds of pennies. Frustrated, a young woman sighed, “What’s the point of donating pennies?!”
Back in Jesus’ time, the important people poured noisy coins into the offering, so everybody could hear. When an old woman quietly dropped in two small coins, they rolled their eyes and said “what’s the point?” But Jesus said she had given from her heart, and that her two cents were even greater than the largest of offerings.
You know, those quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies added up. The children donated $257.37!
Prayer: Lord, help us to give from the heart. Amen.
Deaconess Catherine E.J. Steffen