The Widow’s Mites

And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury   Mark 12:42-43 KJV

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I had felt frustrated by the small number that came to our little nursing home service. It seemed like I was just rushing in, doing my duty and then going home. Then one afternoon God chose to change my outlook. As I was passing around shaking hands saying,” God bless you” to everyone, one woman slipped something into my hand. I opened up my palm and discovered two shiny quarters which she had given me. “No I can’t take this’” I protested. She just smiled widely and said “You keep those; there are lots more where they came from!”

I was instantly reminded of the widow’s two mites in the Bible story. I remembered that Jesus had said that the widow, “put in more than all these…” When God sends us the widow’s mites He is putting into our hands what he values most. I would not at all be surprised if some of the people standing near Jesus might have laughed. Those pitiful worn out copper coins were nothing to compare to the golden shower being poured in by the rich. But that afternoon God gave me a golden shower of laughter to lift my spirit. In that moment a light clicked on in my heart and I saw the preciousness of that woman in God’s eyes.

Preparing for Easter

Reading Luke 24:13:31

As Christians, Easter should be more than just a event on our calendar. Easter must be first the celebration of the central event of our lives. On the the first Easter Sunday as two believers walked along sadly remembering the death of Jesus, the living Christ came and listened!

In 2018 we have walked much further than they, yet as we share with one another in remembering Him He still comes along side. What sadness or grief do you carry today? Jesus Himself offers to share our journey and give us a life that is greater than any death! He is closer than we realize and still waiting to be revealed in the breaking of the bread.

Back home

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
Luke 15:22 ESV

It had been nearly a month since I had seen my special friends at the nursing home and halfway house Wednesday meetings. Three weeks we were away for our annual vacation and one more because everything was closed to group events for flu season. What a blessing having three weeks of

After struggling through months of

Never mind I was not a prodigal coming home, it was still a joy! Like the prodigal I was struggling for the words to the familiar songs of celebration. I was working hard to piece together names and faces again. But just like that young man I was back in a place where I belonged. I was back with people who I loved, who needed me and I them because in God’s strange plan – together we are the family of God!