Sunday, July 10, 2011

From Her Poverty

This past week we received a tragic report from another part of Hungary, that a young family had lost their 2 year old daughter in an accident. To make matters worse, the husband is unemployed and only works occasionally.

This morning I told the church about this family's situation, and asked them to pray for them, and pray about whether or not they would be able to help this family pay for the cost of the funeral, so they wouldn't have that as an extra burden during this incredibly difficult time.

A few people came up to me after church to offer money, but the most moving was that the one woman in the church whose family is in the most difficult situation financially came and gave me some money to send to this family.
It wasn't the biggest donation that was given, but it was especially moving, because I know that she couldn't afford it - she just did it as an act of generosity and compassion.

It reminded me of the story of the poor widow from Luke 21 -
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4 ESV)

What an example that woman is for the rest of us.

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