Monday, March 11, 2013

God Loves A Cheerful Giver Coloring Page

Sometimes it is hard for me to imagine a particular idea for a coloring page.  I wanted to make a coloring page of the Widow who tithed all of her savings, but I just couldn't put on paper what I imagined her to look like.  I needed a reference.  I was having brain block.  But yesterday as I was sitting in the lobby of our parish center waiting for my husband who was practicing with the choir and schola, I found a book about a local organization in our diocese called  Loaves and Fishes.  In the book I found a photo of an elderly woman placing a coin in a Saint Vincent de Paul  "poor box."  I couldn't help but "see" the widow whom Jesus speaks of in Luke 21: 1-4.  Now really the widow whom Jesus spoke of might have been a young, widow woman with three little children clinging to her veil.  For some reason I see her as an elderly lady who is hunched over with osteoporosis in her back and rheumatoid arthritis in her hands.  I see her leaning on a cane.  And there she was in the Loaves and Fishes book! An elderly lady dressed in a bright blue wool suit walking with a fancy walking cane.  She had a net over head because she had just been to Mass and she was placing her donation in the coin slot.  She was just perfect.  I didn't have to use much imagination except to give her clothes that resembled clothing from the time of Christ and instead of a fancy table to hold the poor box, I put the collection box on a stone block.  I made her cane look like a tree branch.  That was easy! 
Anyway, the woman in the photo had such a happy expression on  her face as she dropped her coin the box that she reminded me of the passage in 2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind,
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
It is a good reminder for me during Lent to do all things with a cheerful heart.
(willingly, not grudgingly...including suffering!)
And here is my Widow's Mite: God Loves a Cheerful Giver  Coloring Page. 
Click HERE to print.