December 5, 2014


Luke 20:41-21:4

In our society, one’s worth is often described in monetary terms. With this type of thinking, our gifts are judged in the same manner. Most often we celebrate those who contribute in a large way to ministry and often forget that small gifts are just as significant and may be more in need.

In Luke, we find the story of the widow’s mite. An extremely small amount of money but for the widow, this was all that she had. Jesus was quick to explain that small gifts can be of very large value.

I have come to realize that one of the greatest gifts costs nothing in monetary value but is among the most sought after and needed of gifts: presence. It is easy to write a check for a need but to take time out of a busy schedule or away from a favorite activity or from family can be more costly than money. In times of real crisis within the church, it has never been my words or money that were remembered but instead, my bodily presence.

Prayer: Father, help us to be present for our brothers and sisters in need. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours,
Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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