Giving Like a Widow

My mom recently shared with me a story about my dear nana, who died when I was just eleven. In my earliest memories of her, Nana had been a widow for a good number of years, and she had adjusted well; but she struggled during the early days of her widowhood. She didn’t know how to drive or pay her bills, as my grandfather had done all of that. My father had to teach his mother those skills and more.

In those first days on her own, my mom said, money was very tight for Nana, and she would not ask for help. One day, she faced a dilemma: pay an important bill, or give her tithe? Nana decided to tithe with the last bit of money in her checking account, trusting that God would take care of her as he always had. The next day, she found in her mailbox the exact amount of money needed to pay her bill.

Such small miracles were typical in Nana’s life. She was one of those people who prayed with great faith, sweetness, and humility, as if the Heavenly Father were standing in the same room with her—and indeed, he was.

She reminds me of several widows in the Bible, who were barely scraping by during the slice of their lives portrayed on its pages. In I Kings 17, the widow of Zarephath had just enough flour and oil left to make a final meal for her and her son. I can only imagine the rest of her story, all that led up to her grief and poverty. Yet, she still gave her last bit of sustenance to God’s servant, Elijah.

In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of a widow who gave all that she had to the temple offering.

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” —Luke 21: 1-4

How these widows inspire me with their faith and generosity! They didn’t make giving just another part of their budget, a manageable amount regularly set aside for the Lord without much thought. Instead, they gave until it hurt, until the gift became a sacrifice.

I’d like to do that myself, and to teach my kids to do that—to go without to help the Lord or one of his children, to go beyond our regular donations of treasure, time, and talents.

Do you believe it’s important to sacrifice at times when giving or serving? Who has served as an example of generosity in your life? I’d love to hear from you.

7 thoughts on “Giving Like a Widow”

  1. I love this!! Your right what is a gift in our eyes doesn’t have as much weight as a true sacrifice. The story about your Nana really touched me, and praise God for His work in her life as a testimony. 🙂

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  2. Such a great and inspiring blog post. The story of your Nana giving what left she had to God should give us as Christians the desire to give all that we have left to Him.

    In response to your question, I think it’s important that we as Christians sacrifice at times even if it is a decision between giving and serving. To me, giving what you have and trusting and having faith that God will do with it as He sees fit is better than serving without a giving heart.

    If we serve with an annoyed or bad attitude, that will affect who we interact with and could turn them away from a word or message that could potentially help them.

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    1. I agree! I was just discussing with my kids today how important it is to serve God with the proper motivation–not out of obligation or because we simply can’t say no, for example–but because we love him.

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    1. Thanks so much for the nominations! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time for blogging or keeping up with the nominations, but I’ll do my best to get to them this week. Again, I appreciate your kind words and thoughtfulness to nominate me.

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      1. No problem at all 🙂 I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t annoying you with the nominations. That’s all. Take your time. Many bloggers don’t get to awards till months after being nominated, so there’s no rush at all. You are so welcome!!! 🙂 I’m so happy to nominate you.

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