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It should be “MITE”…who’s in charge here?

Widow's Mite

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The working title for Ash Wednesday’s sermon was “The widow’s might.”

My inward editor cringed.

How could this happen? Word strikes again, correcting a spelling to something more “normal.” I said nothing to anyone, because it was already published in several places, and broadcast. There was no way to bring back the embarrassment of the obvious mistake.

It should be “MITE”…who’s in charge here?

*Sigh*

The pastor began the sermon after reading the verse about the poor widow who only had two coins. All she had to give, she gave, and Jesus praised her, for she put in all she had.

“Most of you would think this sermon text is more suitable to Consecration Sunday,” he thundered.

“No,” he said gently. “This is not about how much you should give, or what you should give.”

Huh?

The sermon turned out to be about commitment and love. The bulletin described the title as “Widow’s Row” and he began to tell us about the pews full of widows who were dedicated to their service to the community. Bound together by their common bond, they spent their days in the church, together. Meals for the grieving, quilt guilds, raising funds, holding clothing drives and on and on.

The temple didn’t care how much she gave. No one noticed her gift except our Lord.

The widow’s love for God, to further the purpose of the community, and her commitment was the point the Lord wanted to make. The same point that He himself would prove in his love for us, by taking up the cross.

Yes, our widow was Mighty!

Appropriately titled after all.

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Jesus is Love

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Since this first Wednesday blog entry falls the week of Valentine’s Day, I didn’t want to just put up Paul’s discussion of Love from 1 Corinthians. It is often quoted, giving many people an inferiority complex since, as humans, our farthest reaching of care does not always meet the ultimate call of God’s grace. As Christians, we have various skills, and we can’t be everything to everyone. Paul makes that truth very clear in the previous chapter, 1 Corinthians 12, when he discusses the various gifts given to the church and how it all comes together for the common good.

So, for this week, Since we know that Jesus is Love (1 John 3:16), I encourage you to read the Love passage substituting “Jesus” for the word “Love,” discovering for yourself the power within those words. Both passages end this entry for your use.

1 John 3:16

New International Version (NIV)

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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