Last night marked my very first Ash Wednesday service--I've never gone to a church that observed it, but now I do, so we went.
My freshman year of college I remember for the LIFE of me I could NOT figure out why everyone was walking around one day with dirt on their faces...duh...it was Ash Wednesday and apparently you attend church and have ash put on your face. I'd had no idea! (I was and remain really uninformed on the historicity of the Christian faith. Which is a shame, considering I've been a Christian my whole life.)
Anyway I LOVED going last night--the music and scripture and message were so great and really set the tone for some good contemplation and reflection.
Thus begins the season of Lent and I still am undecided on what to give up. I'd like to do something, but not sure what. What are you doing???
On a side-note, did you know that Fat Tuesday is also National Pancake Day? Because apparently back in the day people were wanting to use up all their dairy products etc. before the start of Lent, so they'd make pancakes. We hit up IHOP Tuesday night because they were giving out FREE pancakes with the opportunity to donate to the Shriners for children's surgery. Not a bad deal! The kids had a blast, and I didn't have to prepare dinner. :)