Song of Two Widows

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A widow of Zarephath town
discovered her cupboard was bare.
Some meal, and a few drops of oil
were all that was left for her there."
Elijah the prophet appeared,
and God said, "Please see that he's fed."
She used up the meal and the oil
to bake him a fine loaf of bread.

A poor widow came to the mount
where Jesus was teaching that day.
He watched as she offered her gift,
and went in the Temple to pray.
Her offering was two copper coins.
She had no more money to give.
Said Jesus, "Her gift was the best.
She gave all that she had to live."

Two widows from days long ago,
forgotten by name, but not deed,
both teach us how we should respond
whenever God shows us a need.
In plenty we're all quick to give,
but slower when cupboards are bare.
God, move us to share in your work
to show by our gifts that we care.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A widow of Zarephath town
Title: Song of Two Widows
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Meter: D
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English
Notes: Abingdon published an anthem setting, #07490-8.


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