Ash Wednesday 2009

February 25, 2009

And so it begins.  Today we enter into the forty-day desert that will bring us to the cusp of Easter.  It is time for self-examination and a renewed focus on the spiritual life.  It is time to simplify our lives and reorient them to the things that are really important.  It is time to renew our service to others.  The watchwords are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

This year the season has a special sense of anticipation for us, for it is likely — though not certain — that our child will be born before the bells of Easter ring.  Figuring out how to combine those feelings of joy and thanksgiving with the somber tone of the season poses a special challenge.  But I am sure we will manage.

Since I haven’t the time to post anything substantial today, I refer you to several Ash Wednesday-related posts from previous years:

I realize that not everyone who reads this web log will be observing Lent, but to those who are: let us remember to pray for one another.

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