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.
Mark 12: 42-44
I have been wearing this necklace a lot lately. It was a "gift" from Sonlight when I purchased J's curriculum. I often think that a "gift with purchase" is a bit tacky, but this one touched me. It came in an envelope with a note from Sarita, one of the founder's (with her husband) of Sonlight. I, unfortunately, threw out the note, probably in one of my cleaning whirlwinds. But, I remember what it said.
The pendant is a "widows mite." It is an actual coin from Israel, like the coin that the widow gave in the scripture above. Sarita wrote that it is to be a reminder of the sacrifices we make each day, educating and raising our children. And, what little we think we have to give, that God blesses our gift.
So I wear the pendant as a reminder, on those days when I feel that I have so little to give, that by the simple act of giving all I have, God blesses it. I may not see that blessing. I may not even feel it in the moment, but it is there. God blesses my efforts.