From: Rich Carlson
Date: February 8, 2021
Subject: It's February 8; Good Morning Union

Luke 21


“…but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had….”             Vs 4


A very short story with a very powerful message. “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 gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.’”


And the story ended; and Jesus went on to tell of what would happen leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in about 40 years. We as a Christian world have spent countless hours trying to understand and figure out how the message about this Jerusalem destruction in 70ad, might parallel the events leading up to the coming of Jesus again, sometimes successfully and sometimes having to stretch the message to meet our expectations.


Whatever the parallel with Jerusalem’s destruction and the Second Coming of Jesus might be, the clarity of the introductory story leaves me searching my heart again with the question of priorities and choices in my life. Does God get the left overs or the “abundance” of my life, or does He get all of me? I know what I want the answer to be, but I’m not sure I have the application totally figured out yet. God, make me more concerned about being like the poor widow than trying to figure out parallel applications to the destruction of Jerusalem and Your coming. You’ll come when You’re ready; that’s not for me to figure out. I’m guessin’ it will all make a lot more sense if I’m more like the poor widow who gave You everything.


Have a great day focusing on Who really is Lord of your life,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “Value the people who sacrifice something for you, because maybe that something was their everything.”


PS        UC BB Men at Faith Baptist College 6pm

PPS      Bring any extra gloves or bottle water to Campus Ministries today so we can share them with the homeless shelter here in Lincoln that has a desperate need, especially during this deep-freeze week of cold temperatures! Thanks