When giving your gifts, don’t let others see;
don’t point to yourselves and say, “Look at me!”
For some think that praise is its own great reward,
but gifts made in secret are blessed by the Lord.
When talking to God, don’t be on display;
just go in your room and quietly pray.
And when you are fasting, don’t make it a show,
for God is the only one needing to know.
Don’t store for yourselves the treasures of earth,
for kept on their shelves, they’ll lose what they’re worth.
The moth will consume them, the rust will destroy,
and thieves will take all that you hope to enjoy.
O Lord, you have said: Seek treasures above
like sharing of bread and labors of love,
like kindness to strangers and gifts to the poor.
These gifts, given humbly, will surely endure.
LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!”)
Biblical Reference: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Tune: Joseph Martin Kraus, 1784.
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.