A Few Coins

A Few Coins

"One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents.  Jesus called his disciples over and said, "The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together." Mark 12:42-43 (MSG)

Life is full to overflowing with miracles if you only open your heart to see them. I saw another one just the other day. I had been running errands all morning and was about to head home. The morning heat, though, felt more like a Summer afternoon than a Spring morning and my mouth was parched. I decided then to stop by a local convenience store to get something to drink first.

As I walked in I heard a mother talking to her son. “Are you sure you want to spend your birthday money on ice cream?” The little boy who couldn’t have been more than five years old nodded, yes. I stood behind him as the cashier filled a small cone with vanilla ice cream. The lady handed him the cone and he handed her his money. He was about to turn around when the cashier told him to wait and dropped a few small coins into his hand. The little guy looked at his change for a moment and then lifted his hand up to a charity box on the counter and dropped them in it. He turned around and our eyes met. He smiled at me and I winked and smiled back.

Then he walked out of the store with his Mom, happily eating his ice cream.

After watching that little miracle of love my heart felt lighter and the world seemed brighter.

Life made sense once again. It felt so good to be a part of God’s creation. It felt so wonderful to be on a world that had such kindness in it. I knew too that all of the angels in heaven must have been cheering when they saw that little act of love.

In the eyes of God no gift is too small. In the eyes of God every act of love is priceless. By simply sharing a few coins that little boy had made this world a better place and me a better person. By simply being kind that little boy had given life another miracle and made Earth a little more like Heaven. May we all do the same.

Joseph J. Mazzella

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