Wednesday, February 6th is, in the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a serious season of purpose in preparation leading towards joy and triumph of Easter.
In our congregation we have some members who find significance and meaning in the Christian liturgical year. We also have many members who do not find Christian traditions meaningful to their own spiritual journey. (In fact, we have many members who tend to associate Lent with not being allowed to eat sugar as children and are perplexed about what that has to do with the Passion stories in the Gospel.)
Regardless of which group you find yourself in, there is a way to observe this day.
Practice: Recall the story of a person who suffered trying to make the world more fair and just. Express gratitude for the life of this hero or martyr. Tell the story of this life to someone else.
In the comment section below, I invite you to name heroes and martyrs who gave of the themselves selflessly to work for a better world