RHYTHM: Ash Wednesday devotion

ash wednesdayASH WEDNESDAY

Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


What does piety look like in the life of a youthworker?

As youthworkers, we often find ourselves drowning in a sea of content. Our attention to scripture largely involves a fodder hunt for our group meeting times – if we’re reading, in other words, it’s not for our own benefit. Even when we do manage to scrape together some time alone, it’s easy to fall into the trap of, “oooohhh, I’m going to use that.”

In our reading for Ash Wednesday, it’s pretty easy to accidentally throw away the word piety with the admonition to not do it in front of other people. “She’s so pious,” gets tossed around like piety is a bad thing. Here in verse 1 and again in verse 16 Jesus holds up practices we’re meant to be engaging: piety and fasting. But—apart from Lent—where do we see these practices held up before the church?

This Lent – and especially this Ash Wednesday, make time to reengage devoutness and devotedness before God. After all, that is piety.

For reflection:

What are your current practices of devotion? How do you protect those times from intrusion?


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