Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Psalm 51:17 (ESV)
   17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Father what sacrifices I could offer you if the world was mine to give. What lavish offerings could be presented? Yet I am reminded that you are not impressed with the abundance of our giving but much more with the attitude with which we give. The wonderful story of the Widow comes to mind as Jesus emphasis the superior value of humility and gratitude in sacrifice.

Mark 12:41-44 (ESV)
   41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

Dear Father help me to be like her, such simplicity, sincerity, and selflessness. She was not even aware that you were watching the personal and priceless sacrifice she made. Father, you who created the universe need nothing and yet acknowledged the widow for the greatness of heart expressed in the largeness of her gift for it was all she had. All without heart is nothing and empty of true gratitude.

Father help me to give ALL as Jesus explained:

Mark 12:30 (NIV)
   30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'

 Father bless all who follow the widow's path.


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