The Widow's Offering
The Widow’s Offering is such a well-known story, often used in sermons to describe how we should give all we can with our money, time and talents to church, just as the anonymous widow gave her last few coins.
Giving a face to this woman suddenly sparks questions. Was it right for her to give away all her money? How would she survive? Should it not be a duty of care for the faith community to look after this widow?
During the painting of this portrait, Iain was asked several times, “Why does she have 3 coins in her hand? Should she not have two, just like in the story?”
She has three coins in her hand, because that’s exactly what Janine (the model) had in her pocket.
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4 (NIVUK)