This hymn is especially appropriate for use with Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4, the story of the Widow's mite.
Jesus Sat and Watched the Crowd
Sing to HENDON 18.104.22.168.7 ("Take My Life")
Jesus sat and watched the crowd
At the temple treasury.
Some that day were rich and proud,
Making sure that all could see
Their great generosity.
Then a widow came along
Who had nothing she could spare.
Yet her faith in God was strong
And she gave as few would dare:
All she had, she chose to share.
Just a penny, nothing more,
Yet Christ said her gift was best.
What a risk, for one so poor!
What rich faith her gift expressed!
Trusting, giving, she was blest.
Lord, you see the way we live;
All within our hearts, you know.
Like that widow, may we give.
Trusting you, our gifts will grow
And our joy will overflow.
Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4
Tune: H.A. Cesar Malan, 1827
Text: Copyright 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
To hear the tune go to Hymn & Text - Jesus Sat And Watched The Crowd
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the co-pastor with her husband, Bruce, of the Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
She is the author of Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000).
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a pastor at Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE.
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