Women of Lent: All that she had

Photo by Royce Blair via The Stock Solution

Photo by Royce Blair via The Stock Solution

Her story is told in two of the Gospels, but she never interacts with Jesus or his disciples. She may not have even noticed them . She simply slipped into the temple, offered these two coins as an offering, and left.

She probably was ashamed of what little she had to give. As Jesus was using her as an object lesson on sacrificial giving, she may have in the same moment been asking God to forgive her too-small gift.

But Jesus was (and is) in the business of multiplying.

In the Jesus Storybook Bible‘s retelling of the story of the five loaves and two fish, the boy shrinks back at first because his little lunch is hardly enough to make a difference.

But Jesus says to him, “Bring me what you have.”

Not “bring me your leftovers.”

Not “you’re right, that’ll never be enough, it’s not even worth having.”

Just “bring me what you have.”

All of it. Just like the widow. Jesus asks for everything because, really, it’s not ours anyway.

The widow didn’t hear Jesus say, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on,” but the message was no less true.

May we give everything we have, even when it seems too small. May we give out of our poverty, even when no one notices. And may we have faith to trust that God will provide for us too.

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