Sunday, September 19, 2010

Patrick's Mite

Patrick loves to receive gifts, like, a lot.  They don't have to be lavish displays of affection, even just a small token that says 'Hey, I was thinking about you,' makes his day.

Example:  When John goes on his business trips, he saves his room keys to give to his oldest child.  Patrick has taken to putting them in a special box.  He's garnering quite a collection.

 See what I mean?

He's not fussy and is always appreciative of just about anything.


Patrick's sheer delight from small tokens of love makes my mother's day, as she just happens to speak in the language of gift giving.  While she was here last week, she noticed his new piggy bank he utilizes for storing his coins.  Ever the diligent Grandma, she took the liberty of stuffing it full of all the dollar bills she had in her wallet.  When she realized we might discover the donations and be confused from whence they came, she publicly confessed her deed both to us and him.

Patrick quickly and gratefully shoved them into his dad's hand-me-down-wallet.  (Yet another inherited item with which he was tickled pink.)

You see, he's been saving his pennies, dimes, and quarters for a new watch.  He wants one like his dad and he knows they cost about $7 at our local superstore.  His grandma's pig-stuffing efforts put him well over his money-saving goal.

He was proud.  And happy.  (And is carrying around more cash than me but whatever...)

So I was especially touched when last weekend,  I noticed he silently and without prompting took out money from his wallet when the collection plate went around at Church.  Into it,  he placed a single dollar bill,  without fanfare and without hesitation.

Then he did it again during the second collection.

I think he's more detached from his things than I previously thought.

And  I know he's more detached from his stuff than I am from mine.

Matthew 6:3-4
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 

Mark 12:41-44
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

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