This year, I'm not offering anything new for Ash Wednesday. Instead, I hope you will take a few moments to read two previous Ethical Musings posts. The first, entitled Ash Wednesday, discusses the basic ideas behind the imposition of ashes and the other, Getting Ready for Lent, examines the practice of choosing a Lenten discipline.
The challenge of Ash Wednesday and Lent is not in finding something new to say (after preaching and writing for forty years, I don't worry about that!), but in hoping that people will take themselves, their spiritual lives, and their connectedness to God, others, and the world seriously.
May your Lent – the forty days of preparation between Ash Wednesday and Easter – be a spiritually beneficial time in which you strengthen your awareness of those connections.