It's time for the annual Ash Wed Joke...
A priest went to give ashes to a middle school student with the words "You are but dust and to dust you shall return"
the student cracked up and said back...
"No way, I don't want any butt dust on my face!"
In other Ash Wednesday news here's a good article on Lent from Eric Metaxas.
"During Lent, Christians, as a friend of mine once put it, “rehearse — in the most basic meaning of that word — the story of our salvation, starting with the Fall and culminating in Good Friday.” And in this rehearsal, “a consistent picture of God emerges: the God who takes the initiative in reconciling us to Himself.”
Lent is only “gloomy” if you think that being reconciled to God is “gloomy.” It’s only “gloomy” if you think that we are so wonderful that reconciliation didn’t cost God all that much."