The wealthy men casting their gifts into the treasury of the temple may well have been astonished when they overheard Christ Jesus' estimate of true giving. It was not they who earned the Master's praise, but the poor widow who put in her two mites, for he said (Luke 21:3, 4,) "Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had."

Christian Scientists give generously when the collection plate is passed at the Sunday services. But do they give with the same willingness at the Wednesday testimony meetings by telling of their healings? Yet it is through the sharing of these sacred experiences that the entire congregation is blessed and newcomers assured that in the Christ, Truth, they too may find comfort, healing, and the divine answer to their human problems.

A woman who had suffered for years edged her way through the crowd to touch Jesus' garment, and she was healed. Christ Jesus, with spiritual insight, knew that "virtue had gone out of him" (Mark 5:30) and demanded who had touched him. Even with crowds jostling, the woman overcame her timidity enough to speak to him and tell him the truth. Her courage and devotion earned a blessing, for Jesus said to her (verse 34), "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

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