a theology of addition

My wife was reading the magazine Eating Well.
She looked up and asked, 
“Do you know how much honey one honey bee
makes in the course of its four week life span?”
I didn’t.

“1/12 of a teaspoon.”

That’s it?

“At that pace, a typical hive—with 40,000 to 80,000 busy bees—
can produce up to 100 pounds of honey a season.”
(Eating Well, September/October 2011/Volume Ten/Number 5, page 18)

I’ve always reflected on the individuality of the widow’s mite.
She is, after all, introduced to us in solitary contrast to others.
Jesus points to her as a solitary exception to “the others”
(Mark 12:41 -44, Luke 21:1-4).
But consider the possibility of lots of widows’ mites
for there’s a message there too.

The accomplishment is collective—communal.
The insignificant amount multiplied in community
is significant.

And remember God’s promise of old
(Exodus 3:8 and so many other references),
a land of milk and honey!

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