Summary: This is part of a series of very brief messages that can be used in church newsletters for stewardship.
10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.’ 11As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ 12But she said, ‘As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ 13Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the LORD the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the LORD sends rain on the earth.’ 15She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah. (1st Kings 17:10-16; NRSV)
In this passage Elijah encounters a widow who is in the midst of a personal and a national economic crisis. However when she invests her resources, time and culinary talent in sustaining Elijah, God sustains her in return.
Let this scripture encourage us to keep our stewardship commitment of giving our resources and ourselves to Christ. For the same grace that sustained this widow is still available to sustain us as well.