Sacred Stories | A Childs Generosity

“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 12:43-44

At our facility, we host an annual event to raise money to help the women in our community who can’t afford breast screenings. Our recent event was wonderful, for many reasons.

The featured speaker was a breast cancer survivor named Beth, who once worked at our hospital. She developed breast cancer six years ago, which resulted in a mastectomy and much treatment. Shortly after Beth finished treatments, her husband died suddenly of heart failure.

Her speech was amazing; it made those present realize how short life can be, and that one must live every moment to the fullest. With the crowd in tears, Beth asked who would be willing to donate $100 to provide a free mammogram for a woman who was unable to afford one.

As we collected donations at the end of the event, an eight-year-old girl slid a $20 bill across our table. She said, “This is all of my allowance, and I would like to donate it to help a woman in need.” I took a deep breath and thought, “This little girl is lending her hand — and hard-earned allowance — to help the less fortunate. Wow! At her age, she gets it!” Our chief executive officer sent the girl a letter of appreciation for her donation and told her just how special she was. Her uncle later told me that the CEO’s letter meant so much to her.

Our mission and ministry call us each day to lend a hand to neighbors in need. Adults realize this is our obligation and privilege. Something special occurs, however, when a child learns to give to others; it marks the transfer of values to a new generation. A child’s generosity, like that of the widow and her two copper coins in the Gospel of Mark, is priceless.

Shared From the Sacred Stories Archive

Questions for Reflection

What values are you passing to the next generation—both at work and in your personal life—through your words and actions?

What does it mean to“live every moment to the fullest” this moment…this day?

About Sacred Stories

As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of
the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

Sacred Stories convey ways our mission is being lived out by the gifted people in our ministry. We invite you to
use these stories for inspiration, as a meeting reflection, or to encourage discussion with your team.