so here it is. ash wednesday. the beginning of lent. a time when we Christians are called to fast from something until Easter. i went to the 7:30 service this morning. it was nice. i've decided to give up eating meat. i don't eat a ton of meat but i eat enough that 40 days will prove a challenge. wish me luck.
websters defines ash wednesday as such:
"The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians; the day after "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras. It is frequently observed as a day of fasting and repentance for sin. In some churches, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of their mortality. The words of God to Adam in the Bible are often used in the ceremony: "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."