As you know, today is Ash Wednesday, and is acknowledged by Catholics, many Protestants, Eastern and Russina Orthodox and many others.
Ashes are mentioned also in the Jewish tradition, and in all instances, they have to do with repentance (feeling sorry for things we have done).
The ashes are also a reminder that life is short, and there are some things we may have to carry to the grave for they were never dealt with in life on this side of the grave.
Thus Ash Wednesday and Lent are givien to us to deal, if we wish, with some of those things which we know are there but repress for we do not want to think about or deal with them because of the pain.
Wouldn't it be great if repentance was a priority in our lives, our families, our churches, our neighborhoods and our world. It is worth pain.
Have a meaningful Lent from Over the Hump!