"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling the disciples to him, Jesus said, 'truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on."
I was reminded of these words last night as I helped at a fund raiser seeking to raise funds for a family whose son found himself in a coma following a terrible accident in Bangkok, thousands of miles from home.
My heart went out this this family. I'd never met Robbie, but his mom had made us feel SO welcomed when we first arrived in Wicklow. We'd even got a free Christmas Tree from her and her husband our first Christmas. People from the community decided something had to be done to help, so I offered to help. Last night I helped man the door as over 250 people made their way to the Grand Hotel to come and show their support. They gladly paid a €10 cover charge per person, all the monies were going to get Robbie home. They then gave again, bidding in an auction and buying raffle tickets. It was great fun.
However the high water mark of the evening occurred when a homeless man, who was well known in the community, walked into the Grand Hotel. He came to the door and simply laid a small bag of coins on the table. He then turned around and walk into the night. We stood there and like those first disciples crowded around Jesus to hear the story, we crowded around that small bag of coins marvelling at what we'd just witnessed. It was amazing.
As I later walked out of that warm, loud banquet room and into the cool night air I sensed Jesus tapping me on the shoulder... did you see that?
Thank you Jesus for glimpses of the Kingdom of God!