"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."
David jumped into our bed early this morning. "Mommy, mommy," he exclaimed, "It's Ash Wednesday!" The reason for all this excitement was that he had received a child's lenten devotional at CCD on Sunday. It has a picture of Jerusalem and a little sticker book that goes with it. Each day of Lent you read part of the Passion Week story and get to put a sticker on the picture of Jerusalem. It was such a long wait for him from Sunday to today to get started.
As adults, we generally don't approach Lent with all that much enthusiasm. After all, Lent stands for sacrifice and reminders of our sinfulness. These aren't exactly reasons for celebration! Yet, we know that we are moving toward the great Easter event - the Resurrection! Lent provides us the opportunity to get ready, so perhaps we should welcome it and look forward to this opportunity to help ourselves be just a little bit better.