He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
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The economics of poverty is among the most complex issues of the day. The discourse is laced with our own sense of values and opinions driven by our values, upbringing, social-economic status, and world-view. Jesus teaching moment with his disciples reflects a truth that continues to exist today: by percentage, those who have less tend to be more generous. We who are wealthy look at what we have and ask "What can I give?" Among the poor there are those who don't even seem to ask the question - they simply give what they have. Until the Kingdom comes, we will have poor folks. Until the Kingdom comes, we will be challenged by our wealth and our poverty. The best of what it means to be God's people is to give generously knowing that it will hurt before it all gets better.
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Unclenched the hold we have on what we think makes us wealthy, Lord. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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