Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent. I tend to think of Lent as a quieter time in the church season. It is a time of preparation, anticipation of Jesus' death and then joyous resurrection. For me personally, this time of year is one of quiet observation. I am watching the birds returning and their colors brightening, the daylight hours are lengthening, owls are hooting in the woods, and snowpack is receding leaving more ground for my dog to sniff. It is a season to simply 'be' in observation and anticipation. May the next 40 days bring you some enlightenment and peace.