“I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given to God’s hands, I still possess.”Martin Luther.
Someone once said that “it is not what you have, not what you give, but what you keep that makes the difference”.
Luke 21; 1-4 is the Gospel Lesson for many today. -As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
She gave all she had. This Gospel is evocative in so many ways. We could talk about the ‘mites” of the LWML and the marvelous results around the world. We could talk about Veterans Day and the one who gave all they had for us and our freedom. And of course the ultimate one who gave it all was Christ. He gave all we had so that we could have it all – life and salvation and peace and everlasting life.
You can never give as much as the one who gives it all. I have said it before and I will say it again, our stewardship life is about our superfluity. It is a hard thing to say in these economic times, but most of us have way more than we need and more than we can keep track of. We give of our left overs, of our wealth as Jesus said. He doesn’t critize, he just makes and observation. I keep going back to my blog of a while back and wonder what if everything that I owned was in a little blue box?
I wrote this song a while back thinking about two widows and the offering of Christ as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.