Ok, so this is the beginning of Lent. A time of self-denial and self-reflection as we think about Jesus' time in the wilderness and we prepare for the Great Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter).
How did I start my Lent? With about twenty children ages three to five years. We sang together praising God. We prayed together. We shared a Bible story. Then, I went and played 42 with a group of Senior Citizens. Yep, I got beat two games to none by a couple of ladies in their 90's.
I don't know that this is what most people do as the beginning of the Lenten journey, but I have been blessed in this morning and am deeply reminded of the journey of life from wide-eyed wonderment to the frailty of age.