Mark 12:41-44 (CEB)

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.”   

Mark 12:44 (CEB)

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.”   

DEVOTION – John Peebles (Virginia)

I was picking the last green peas of the season.  The vines were tall, and most contained three or four pods of up to nine peas each.  As I went along I found one small plant dwarfed by the rest.  On it was one pod of about five peas.  As II picked it I thought, It ain’t much, but it did what it could; it gave all that it had!

Sometimes we think what someone else has to give “ain’t much.”  But we are not called to judge how much someone else gives.  God calls each of us to give all we can, no matter how great, no matter how small.  And we are called to give thanks for all who give, no matter how great or how small the gift.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will answer God’s call to give all I am able.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, teach us gratitude for small gifts as well as great gifts, and help us to be grateful for the giver of both.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO THINK THEY HAVE LITTLE TO GIVE.

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