One of the most enjoyable things about Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers I am sure to eat over the following days. There’s usually an abundance of food to stuff into the refrigerator because we make more than enough of our favorite holiday dishes. After reading the story of a poor widow’s offering in Mark 12recently, I began to consider the idea of leftovers. What about the leftovers in my own life? I wonder if I’m giving God my feast or my leftovers.
Jesus talked to His disciples about leftovers. He was watching people in the temple give their offerings. He observed many rich people giving lots of money, and then He noticed a poor widow who gave two small, copper coins—basically a penny. He called His disciples to Him and said, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on” (Mark 12:43–44).