It was a thoughtful gift, and came from their own money.
It was Father’s Day, and my kids gave me a card and my gift was inside. The card offered the sentiments frequently expressed on such occasions. And the gift?
Seven Lottery Tickets
I Was Touched
It was fun. The tickets had to be scratched off and each had a potential of $1000. I was moved. I was impressed. I was hounded to get scratching.
As I slowly scratched, they hovered with rapt attention, like baby vultures waiting to be fed. They asked, “Dad, since we bought you the tickets, if you win, can we have some of the money?”
Had I won, I would have gladly shared, for I would have an abundance. I don’t know why that story comes to mind. Except for this.
Hurricane Harvey flooded our church building and the homes of fifty of our members. Donations have come in from all over the country, even internationally, from individuals and churches. The donations have been generous and will go a long way in helping our members and our community.
Except for one.
Well, it’s the amount. Every dollar counts but it wasn’t much. It wasn’t $10,000 or $1,000. It wasn’t even $500.
Now Jesus, Mark 12:42-44
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples, Jesus said, “I tell you, this poor widow has given more than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The gift came from the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, it came from Haiti, from the Delmas Church of Christ in Port-au-Prince. Our church partners with Hope For Haiti’s Children, sponsoring a school in Cite Soleil, a Port-au-Prince slum community.
When they learned about our flooding they took up a special contribution.
With extreme poverty, from people who can barely feed their families, and with Hurricane Irma breathing down their necks, they raised $250 for us. And prayed for us, and pray for us still.
We were moved to tears, to joyful humility, and gave praise to God and gave thanks for our Haitian family, and we still do. They gave all they had to live on. They gave everything.
“Though poor, yet are we rich.”
Never underestimate what the love of God will do in the hearts of believers. Never doubt how the Holy Spirit will stir believers into action, everywhere, from all over the world.
“It was a thoughtful gift, and came from their own money.”