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."
Yes, I'm among the rich
in this story, Lord.
I too contribute out of my abundance.
It's is an abundance you give me,
a gift of grace that I do not deserve.
Sure I work hard.
But even the ability to work,
the gifts I have in my work,
the opportunities I have through my work...
They all come from you, Lord.
But I wonder:
What would I give if I gave like the widow?
How would life be different
if I became more conscious of my dependency on you?
I pray daily, "Give us this day our daily bread."
Would I complain less?
Would I be more grateful?
Would I not want so much more?
Would I silence the voices
telling me I need more to be happy?
Would I be content?
Would I share more with others?
help me gain a new perspective.
Reset my desire for more.
Give me a desire to give generously
giving richly out of my dependence on you.