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The Biggest Gift

The Biggest Gift

“Mama,” Grace gushed as I helped change her out of her church clothes. “You know how I took my wallet to church today in my purse? Well, when they took up the offering, I gave my money – ALL of it! All of it, Mama!”

My eyes immediately prickled as tears formed. I looked at my sweet girl and her big brown innocent eyes. I swallowed a lump and opened my mouth to tell my seven-year-old how proud I was of her decision.

But before I could form the words, Grace followed with, “Yep! All. Nine. Pennies.” And my lump turned to a giggle. I tried biting my lip to keep it from escaping, but I couldn’t hold back a full-toothed smile.

I giggled at the gift of “All. Nine. Pennies.” But I did know how important that small change was to her.

My mind took me to the previous day when Grace lost five of those pennies in the car on the way to the store. Who would have thought five pennies would cause such a flood of tears? When we searched under the seats and couldn’t find them, I promised she could have five pennies from the Darth Vader change cup on her daddy’s dresser when we returned home, and her wails faded to sniffles.

Grace smiled back at me, proud of herself. “It’s okay if all you have is pennies,” she told me matter-of-fact. “We learned about a lady, today at church, that only had two pennies, and she gave them both to God. It made God happy because she gave all she had.”

Grace skipped into the closet to deposit her dirty clothes in the basket, and I stared after her. My emotions bounced from pride to amusement and back to pride. She skipped back and dove into my arms.

It’s amazing how God can teach us so much through our children. Don’t let satan shame your gift to God, telling you it’s not good enough. God is happy when you give him your all – even if it is pennies.

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 NIV

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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