“I wish my husband would finish the job when he does the laundry,” a colleague lamented. “He just leaves my clothes on the foot of our bed. It’s like when our cat kills a mouse and leaves it where I will find it. I appreciate what he’s done, but I really don’t need to see it.”
Some times I wonder if our offerings to God are like a mouse a house cat has killed. A meager offering to show our gratitude for food, for life, for shelter, for friends, and for opportunities to contribute to God’s household.
I doubt God needs to see what we have done. I also doubt God needs us to do anything, especially after acknowledging God as creator of the cosmos. But God encourages us to present our meager offerings so we might acknowledge gifts we have received.
While I doubt my colleague’s cat understood gratitude, I suspect her stay at home husband may have left her clothes folded on the foot of their bed to symbolically say: “See what I’ve done for you this day while you were at work keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table.”
Thus when set our meager offerings in the collection plate that the ushers will place on the communion table we boast before God and before our friends: “See what I have done for you this day while you, O Lord, assure us of eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection.”
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
— Psalm 54:6-7 (NRSV)