A Poor Widow

By Sandra M. Hart


Then Jesus saw a poor widow. She put two small copper coins into the box. He said, “I tell you the truth. This poor widow gave only two small coins. But she really gave more than all those rich people.”

Luke 21:2-3 (International Children’s Bible)

If you saw someone put two pennies into the offering basket, you might not think they gave a big gift to God.

Jesus saw a woman put two small coins into the temple money box. He told his friends that she had given more than the rich people. Even though it was a small amount, she gave all she had.

When I was a teenager, I felt badly when I put a quarter in the offering. My babysitting job only provided two or three dollars a week. Twenty-five cents was hard for me to give, but others around me didn’t know. I felt ashamed that I couldn’t give more.

Jesus didn’t want me to feel ashamed. He had watched rich people give a lot of money, but He said that the widow gave more. He was pleased with her gift.

God loves a cheerful giver. The amount doesn’t matter to Him as much as way the gift is given. If we give because we love God, He is pleased.

Sandra M. Hart dreamed of writing books as a little girl. She wrote her first mystery novel when she was in the sixth grade. She didn’t receive much encouragement so she went to college for something else. After she became a mom, she decided she still wanted to be a writer.

Sandra has written for The Secret Place, Voice, and ChristianDevotions.us. She is a contributor for Faith & Finance: In God We Trust. She has written a children’s historical novel as well as historic romance novels which she hopes to publish.


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