Not Just Coin – Good News for November 22

22 11 2010

Luke 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

The Daily Path: We can give from our wallet or we can give of ourselves. Certainly both types of giving are needed. Jesus points to monetary giving in this example but I think the message is broader than just coin. I’ve found that “being there” for someone in a time of great need can provide incalculable value. I’ve been on the receiving side and can tell you from my own experience that when things seem darkest receiving a note from a friend, an invitation for coffee, or a friendly call, can dig you out of the depths like nothing else. This type of genuine outreach keeps you going when the weight of the world feels squarely on your shoulders.

This week, as we prepare to gather as family and give thanks, perhaps it’s time to think about making one of those calls. Who can we share our spiritual wealth with? Who’s feeling alone or bearing the great weight of worry? Who could benefit from a little joy? Friends, I think our horn of plenty comes in all shapes and sizes. See what can be shared from your pantry of love.





Living the Thanksgiving – Good News for November 24

24 11 2008

Luke 21: 1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.

He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” 

The Daily Path: (Note To Self: Bookmark this passage! Sixty three words that are some of the most powerful I’ll ever read or hear.)

Today, we in the United States began celebrating Thanksgiving. Although Thanksgiving Day isn’t until Thursday, most of the schools are closed for the entire week and those who can are taking extra time off from work. I wonder how much of this time will actually be spent giving thanks?

Jesus’ teaching in Luke’s gospel is a magnificent lesson to keep in mind as we start a week of Thanksgiving. Even in times of perceived crisis each of us possess abundant wealth to be shared. Let’s keep in mind that wealth isn’t just monetary. We are rich in so many other ways that can be shared.

We have Time to share. Perhaps you know someone who might be feeling very alone this week. Do you have a few minutes to stop by and say hello? Who can you spend time with that will really appreciate it?

We have Words of friendship or encouragement to shower upon those who need a little pick-me-up. Perhaps a quick note to a friend who you’ve lost touch with, yet shared an important part of your life. Have you had a falling out with a good friend? What better time to put such silliness aside. Pick up the phone.

We have Skills to share. Are you an artist? A baker? A carpenter? A professional? How can you share the benefits of your skill?

So much can be accomplished this week and EVERY week in giving thanks through our actions. We are all wealthy in so many ways regardless of the economic times. My friends, we are all very capable of giving more than surplus.