Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As a child I gave up candy, but as a (mature!) adult I bring dinner to people going through difficult times. My list includes someone going through chemo and another is a family with an epileptic infant. Cooking healthy meals is a way to show love. Wednesday meals at our house is always special, and I just make more of them. This is one way I give thanks for the life I have.
At six this evening I’m serving as reader at our church. You might be familiar with the first reading from the old testament, Joel 2: “Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness…”