Today begins the 46-day season of Lent – my favorite part of the church calendar. Whether you fast from something or take something on in the coming days, I hope you’ll observe it in some way. The joy of Easter morning is at its fullest and best after these weeks of penitence.ash_cross

Psalm 51:
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.