The girl’s mom Rachel stands at the stove, frying up the eggs, setting them on toast and serving with a piece of ham. This isn’t the stereotypical “bacon and biscuits” farm. Rachel wants the family to be a little bit healthier than farm families gone by.
Rachel calls her freckle faced girl, “Lily, come take breakfast to grandma”. The girl comes, now in a fresh change of clothes. Lily is dressed for the day in jeans and a plain pink tee-shirt, sneakers and her hair pulled up in a pony-tail. Rachel carefully hands Lily a tray of breakfast and black coffee. “Go slow honey, take your time down the stairs.” Lily carries the tray slowly and carefully out of sight, around the corner and down the stairs.
Lily comes in bringing Grandma her breakfast and sets it down carefully on Grandma’s lap, pauses as Grandma prays, then Lily reaches for Grandmas little, well worn, black leather Bible. Lily asks “what would you like to hear today Grandma?” Grandma answers “Oh, let me see, something in Luke perhaps?” Lily flips through, slows down as her eyes scan the pages, looking for something to read. Her mouth silently twists up as she mouths out the words, she is pre reading to herself before reading aloud. Lily is only 5 and a half, and isn’t that good at reading so she likes to pre read to feel better about the task before her. This is also why Grandma likes to have Lily read to her, it helps Lily, but Grandma also gets great enjoyment hearing her little princess read from the Bible. Lily reads the following from Luke.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Widow’s Gift
21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
5 And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6 “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”
7 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”