“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 NIV
In the story’s procession of the most vulnerable, a widow enters the pages of Luke. A small unnoticeable woman, in a small unnoticeable act is dignified in the presence of Jesus. Where others would use her vulnerability to exert their power, Jesus brings honor. He sees her heart and faith and declares it before the crowd. Echoing the words he had just spoken, he exalts the humble as he speaks of her generosity.
She didn’t have anything to bring, but she brought all she had, because she knew the one to whom she brought it. She loved and trusted the King of Heaven and her heart poured out to him with the last of her coins. Nothing to offer, nothing to bring, holding everything at the feet of the one who saves. And in her moment of generous invisibility, Jesus saw her.
Her gift was not demanded but rather given. Giving out of all she had was an act of dignity. She did not hold on to her last to keep her safe, she gave to the one already keeping her. He allowed her to give, to minister an act of faith and worship. In her poverty she was not excluded from ministry, her offering as much an act love as the one who enabled her to give.
He did not make her weak but strong, he did not make her to fear but to live, to fully join with the community in declaring with all she had that her God is good and worthy to be praised. Her God is good and worthy to be trusted. She was not invisible as a widowed woman, he saw her strong heart.
I have lived with little and strength was found in giving, not in keeping. My prayer is that as I give worship to the one who my soul loves I would give fully, no holding back thankful for the strength to join in heaven’s song.
Love, Grace and Strength for your day
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