Today is Ash Wednesday.
The beginning of Lent.
The wait for spring.
This treasure of a book, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, has been my Lenten companion for several years now. It is a collection of essays by all different writers. It opens with this beautiful quote from Graham Greene:
You can’t conceive, my child, nor can I or anyone, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.
Like the tulip shoots coming up in the garden this morning, I am preparing myself for an awakening. I am ready to come up out of the dark soil in which I have rested to grow alive again to this appallingly strange mercy.