Read: Luke 21:1-4
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. (vv. 3-4)
It doesn’t make sense. Jesus commended the widow in the story for doing the right thing. But the “right thing” sure looked pretty impractical. She stepped out in some kind of fearlessness or maybe in faith. We know at least this much, although her steps were small by earthly measure, she was reckoned as one who had “put in more than all of them.”
Because God is in heaven, he doesn’t measure according to earthly standards. God doesn’t grade according to our perceptions of reality. And, because God is Father, his primary relationship to us is that of love—the overwhelming, confounding love that does not require perfection but bestows perfection upon what it loves.
That is why the Heidelberg Catechism says that the very beginning of our prayer is this basic attitude: “a childlike reverence and trust,” the very sort of thing that allows us “to expect everything needed for body and soul from God’s almighty power” (A. 120-21).
Just as a well-loved child comes to expect generosity and care from her parents, so too a well-loved child grows capable of the simplest acts of generosity and care toward others.
Help us, God, to know the comfort and constancy of your hand so that we may dare to provide comfort and constancy to a world in flux and in need. Amen.