Year 2: March 22, 2019
The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: Today’s passage, about the widow’s offering, invites us to rethink generosity and gratitude. In economic terms, the woman gives almost nothing – but through Jesus’ eyes, we see that she gave “everything she had.” This may be especially profound for children, who may not have much to give. We can teach them that their contributions, even if they seem small, are profoundly important to Jesus – and to us! We can express our gratitude, praising their voices when they sing, thanking them for their help making decorations for the holidays, and appreciating their questions (which might help us to see things differently!). Gifford’s book is a rich resource for helping children see how they can make the world a better place – from giving extra big hugs to cheering on a friend. Perhaps this biblical passage can help the adults in the church brainstorm ways to allow children to contribute to the larger church. This will help children to understand that stewardship is a lifelong habit, and that everyone – no matter how big or small – has a gift they can give.
Thanks to Joshua Andrzejewski, Union Presbyterian Seminary alumnus and chaplain for the pediatric and women’s health units in the VCU Medical Center, for writing the Year 2 Narrative Lectionary Links.