‘As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”’ (Luke 21: 1-4)
In a large bloated pot, sizzles the ground beef and pork, swimming in olive oil doused with garlic. Then the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste cover the cooked meat. Finally the herbs and seasonings; the fresh basil, oregano, salt and pepper are added to taste. A dash of sugar is the secret ingredient and is added to complete the recipe. The sauce is left to simmer for hours; always better tasting the second day. A fragrant offering of my husband’s hands.
It is a recipe passed down from generation to generation. More than a recipe really, a gift. Every family’s hallmark is a different tasting sauce marked by a recipe slightly changed to uniquely identify their clan. I so appreciate my husband’s rich Italian history.
I have seen people’s needs and so many times have been discouraged by our limited resources to help. Then I am reminded of the widow’s offering. We have pasta sauce! It is frozen and ready to serve.
Our offering has been given to the hurting, the healing, as Christmas and welcoming gifts, to celebrate the beginning of life and to mourn the loss of life. It has been given to individuals and to families. We work as a team; my husband prepares and I deliver. It is what we have to offer in this season of our lives.
Our family has been the recipients of similar offerings through His people. Prayers, words of encouragement, gifts of music, time, donations and acts of service have been offered and have been such a blessing that the expression of gratitude just doesn’t seem enough.
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank You for Your provisions and that no matter the season of our lives You have given us something to offer. Help us to see the needs of others and to use these provisions to help those You have placed in our lives. We want to be Your hands and feet.