Someone attending a church service in Charlotte Sunday left behind an offering that has some recalling the story of Jesus and the widow’s offering.
The gift was a handful of change — 18 cents — with a simple note on the offering envelope:
“Please don’t be mad I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”
The note reminded some of the story in the gospel of Luke. Jesus sees rich people making a show of their wealth with their donations to the temple, while a poor widow gives all she has, two coins. Jesus questions which person has really given more.
“I think this represents a sacrificial gift,” said the Rev. Patrick Hamrick of First United Methodist Church.
“It took some bravery, I think, to write that (note),” he said. “And for us, we acknowledge that individual gave out of his poverty proportionally a big deal.”
First United is nestled in uptown Charlotte, between a homeless shelter and the big banks the city has become known for.
SOURCE: Michelle Boudin