…and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. Luke 21:2
Luke paints a picture of less.
Poor. Widow. Two. Small. Coins.
If that is not a case of lack of something, I don’t know what it is.
Poor is having not much. It is a state of need of enough or of more. Pockets are full of air. Bank account can’t be counted.
Widow is having no company. No hands to hold but yours. No walks with somebody. No dinner with somebody. Sleeping all alone in a cold night.
Two small coins sound like not much in her purse. Even if these metals clash, no sound will be heard from a good distance. If you drop them in a collection box, even the dropper’s ear might miss the fall.
Yet this less is not the least, for Jesus notices it.
How many times you retreated in giving because you have less? How many times you were prevented from helping because you have not much?
Does this sound familiar, “If only I have more money, more time, more resources, more skills then I can give.” Luke’s painting tells us this is a myth.
For even in times of less, you can bless. Even in times of not much, you can do much. Even in times of lack, you can give back.
For Jesus, for Luke, for the widow and for you… the less is not the least.