It's Ash Wednesday if you're watching your church calendar--or if you knew that Mardi Gras added last net. It came and went around here, sadly enough. I always want to go into Lent with more intent.
A year ago today, I went to the doctor in British Columbia and ended up in the hospital with a ruptured appendix. That was the beginning of a lot of changes for us--for me. It was a long road to where we are today. Almost a year of Lent in some ways. And it's been good. We're in a much better place. Not an easy place, but a better place (as the song goes: "getting better, all the time").
It's amazing how much things can change in your life--if you let it happen. It would have been easy for us when we were first married to settle down in Eau Claire and have a comfortable life. It probably would have been a good life. But we would have missed out on a lot--and we probably wouldn't have grown much along the way, either. Stepping out on a limb can be good.
Maybe I'll pull out one of the Lenten devotionals from the bookshelf and take some time with that this season.