Friday, November 10, 2006

The widow's mite

This coming Sunday the Gospel reading is Mark 12:38-44, including the account of the widow's mite.  In this time of drought (the hundred-year drought, possibly), it seems hard to hear about giving - not from spare change, but generously.

In fact, it is precisely in these hard times that we need to be reminded of our right attitude towards money and possessions - the temptation to claim things as "mine" and give God from the spare change is much greater.  This text can help jolt us back to the reality that all that we have comes from God.

The OT reading for Sunday is topical, too - it talks about the three and a half year drought in the time of Elijah the Prophet (I Kings 17:8-16)  Elijah asked the widow of Zara-thingummy to make him some bread with the remains of her flour and oil, and promised that neither the oil nor the flour would run out until the drought broke.  And they didn't.

Sometimes, when things look like they are running low, and we are tempted to hoard, we need to remember that God looks after even the sparrows, so surely he will look after us!


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b) during the afternoon & early evening
c) late at night

2. You usually walk.
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b) fairly fast, with little steps
c) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
d) less fast, head down
e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you...
a) stand with your arms folded
b) have your hands clasped
c) have one or both your hands on your hips
d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with...
a) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
b) your legs crossed
c) your legs stretched out or straight
d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...
a) big appreciated laugh
b) a laugh, but not a loud one
c) a quiet chuckle
d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

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a) welcome the break
b) feel extremely irritated
c) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most?
a) Red or orange
b) black
c) yellow or light blue
d) green
e) dark blue or purple
f) white
g) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last
few moments before going to sleep you are...
a) stretched out on your back
b) stretched out face down on your stomach
c) on your side, slightly curled
d) with your head on one arm
e) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
a) falling
b) fighting or struggling
c) searching for something or somebody
d) flying or floating
e) you usually have dreamless sleep
f) your dreams are always pleasant

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