Give from your big heart
Use Christ’s example
Our Lord gave His all
So we’d have Life Eternal
All you need to do
Is open your heart to Him
And embrace His love
If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know that I have a habit of taking notes in poetry as I listen to the weekly sermon. Sometimes it’s easy to do that… other times the poetry escapes me. Today the message came to me in rhythm and rhyme quite easily! It was an inspirational take on this very familiar scripture. I hope it speaks to your heart as it did mine.
at Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
by Rev. Mary Grace Reynolds
was based on this scripture:
As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Usually this scripture
Is used on Stewardship Sunday;
But, relax! This is not
What I’ll talk about today!
Who among us will go to the bank,
Empty it, and put it in the offering plate?
I wouldn’t expect that of tou –
Not today… not on any date!
But, let’s look at the lofty ones,
The ones who act like priests,
But are not… and moreover,
They righteously parade and gorge on feasts.
Jesus isn’t just ranting, but teaching.
He tells the disciples about the widow’s life.
He praises her for her generosity
And coveys her years of trouble and strife.
He scold the scribes and pharisees
For giving out of their spare change.
While the widow gave all she had,
He admonishes the limits they arrange.
These two teachings arre Jesus’s last.
From here Jesus will face His fate.
Chist encourages us to learn
There’s no pay grade low enough to be ingrate.
The widow is a victim of the system.
But, in spite of that, she gives all –
Knowing her money will help someone.
That widow certainly stands tall!
As part of the sum of many,
She gives out of sacrificial love.
Likewise, Jesus gave His all, so we
Can learn from Him and join Him above.
“God so love the world
That He gave His only begotten Son
That whosoever believeth in Him
Shall not perish
But have everlasting life”
That marvelous rendition of this hymn by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir reminds me of the men and boys’ double choir that we heard last month at Westminster Abbey in London. Sitting next to our daughter, who cried buckets of emotion all the way through it, I remembered my years as member of the University of Pacific’s A Capella Choir. We sang this version of the song at most of our concerts. I love it! I hope you are blessed by it, too. Soooo beautiful!!
Have a blessed rest of your Sunday
and a wonderful week!
I send you my love
and lotsa hugs.
See ya tomorrow (God willing)
and generously give as you are able…
Comments on: "Embrace Generosity" (8)
This is beautiful! You have a sweet young pastor! How very nice. i loved the music. I remember singing this version in our College Chorale fifty years ago! Wow!
Such good thoughts to remember!
Yes, my singing at UOP was even more than 50 years ago … more than 60, in fact! Yikes!!
Wow! Those were some good days and experiences!
“The widow is a victim of the system,
But, in spite of that, she gives all”
Oh, my! That resonates with me today. Not because I feel that I’m a victim, but because I can encourage someone who feels they are a victim that they still have something meaningful to add! What an encouraging reminder in a sometimes discouraging world! Yes, and amen!
It was a meaningful sermon – a wonderful message. I’m glad you got meat out of it, too!!
Your verses really flow
The hymn was wonderfully sung! Thanks Jan for sharing your Sunday message. Your verses add an element of understanding to the Scripture taken from the Gospel of Mark.
Yes, I love that BYU ACapella version. Lovely to hear. Beautiful to see! 🥰🎶