August 2, 2022
Read Mark 12:38-44
38 As he was teaching, he said, “Watch out for the legal experts. They like to walk around in long robes. They want to be greeted with honor in the markets. 39 They long for places of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. 40 They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers. They will be judged most harshly.” 41 Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. 42 One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. 44 All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”
Good morning! Rejoice and be glad for this day!
Thanks be to God for those who are willing to give all they have to serve God. Whether we are rich or poor, strong or weak, or powerful or powerless, we have the ability to help others. Perhaps you hear a story of someone in need. You are moved by their needs, but I have so little that I can do. You think, “my small contribution will not make a difference”, so you do nothing.
God blesses each of us with unique gifts and talents. Within what we have, we are called to share. When we share without regard to our own needs or afflictions, we are blessed and our own gifts grow. We must have faith that God will keep his promises and will care and provide for us in everything.
Being part of the one body comes into play in this story as well. If everyone who believes gives generously of themselves in time and resources, those in need will be served. Even the smallest of acts of faith provide blessings for both the one who gives and the one who receives. When you see a need, respond joyfully and share the gifts that God gives you.
We never know what is happening with others. Sometimes those with the greatest despair mask their needs because they are embarrassed. Some might be reaching for one last reason to continue their life versus giving up. An act of love gives someone who is hopeless a reason to take their next step. Embrace your gifts and reach out to someone who needs you. Don’t pass by the opportunity to give of yourself because you don’t think that your gift will make a difference. Your smile, word of encouragement, or two coins can change someone’s life forever. I once was lost, but now am found.
Loving and Caring God, Thank You for loving us. You bless us generously. May we use the example of the two coins to remind us that even something that seems small can bless someone in need. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Thought for the day: My small acts of love and faith can show others God is worthy of praise.
Share Your Blessings! Pastor Liz