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Ash Wednesday: piety, priorities, and prayer

As Jesus taught His disciples, then and now: Be careful not to get showy with your good deeds to gain anyone’s admiration. That brings its own little reward from others but not from your Father in Heaven. Instead give to those in need without even letting yourself know how important you are! Yet, as you give, your Father will see and know and reward you. And when you pray, don’t be like those hypocrites who want approval so much they blow their own horn wherever they can be seen or heard, not knowing that’s their only reward. Instead when you pray, go away by yourself and close off everything else as you talk to your Father, Who you cannot see, but Who sees and rewards you as you pray – even when you’re hidden away. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase poem to begin Lent from today's Gospel reading, Matthew 6:1-6 ~~