The Start of Lent

T.S. Eliot's poem Ash Wednesday begins:Because I do not hope to turn againBecause I do not hopeBecause I do not hope to turnEliot wrestles with the process of conversion - turning towards God. He wrestles with what that turning means and entails and requires. Such are the annual wrestling's of Lent - the season of conversion in preparation for the coming season of growth and resurrection. We have but a few short days before Lent begins and then the forty days are upon us. Like our musings ahead of the new year, now is our time to prepare for the turning. On Wednesday, you will be invited to begin Lent soberly and prayerfully. One of my favorite lines from Eliot's poem: "Teach us to care and not to care."  Maybe Lent is a time when we can try to care about matters of meaning and faith and compassion.  Maybe Lent is a time when we can strive to not care about matters of vanity and selfishness and folly. Let us begin now to prepare - prepare for the season - prepare for the turning - and prepare for the hope, which eventually will come.Blessings to you and those you love,