Widow’s Mite

From about the first day we opened our doors, we have had the privilege of serving, knowing and learning from Doris. Doris is a spunky, quick-witted and vivacious elderly woman. She wears bright colors and fun hats. She greets everyone with warmth and has a smile that could soften the hardest heart. She walks everywhere she goes.  She never misses a meal in the Community Kitchen. Doris lives on a fixed income and often is need of a little help.  One day as some of the staff were chatting in the office Doris brought her infections smile framed with tears of joy, and five dollar bill.  She presented it proudly through the window and declared, “I had five dollars left this month! The Hope Center has helped me so much. I hope this can help you keep on doing what you’re doing.”
We smiled and said thank you. As she and her blinged-out walker left we turned to one another and cried.  We know what $5 dollars in the hands of our God can do.

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”Mark 12:41-44

Introducing a New Blog Series: Kingdom Economics

Here at the Hope Center, we recognize that we have become hoarders of sorts.
Those of us with the privilege of participation in the day-in-day-out miracle of the Hope Center often relish in the joys and fail to climb atop a hill and shout the goodness of it all.  We stack these stories up all around us and find comfort and hope in revisiting them.
Well, its time to clean the house, tell our stories and make room for new ones that won’t sit on the shelves so long because everything has a place, and everything is in its place.  Stories like these belong with you. The partners, carriers and megaphones of  hope in our community.  Since we don’t have many hills here central Ohio, social media will have to do.
This new series will tell the
real- life,
shaken-down till it runs over,
just in the nick-of-time,
could only be the goodness of God-
stories of provision, blessing and hope we encounter everyday.
Stay tuned folks, there’s no tellin’ what will happen next.

Psalm 145:3-8 (NIV)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
 They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,

    slow to anger and rich in love.