Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season. Yesterday was Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It has become traditional in a number of cities around the world for extreme celebrations and revelry. What does that mean? We satisfy ourselves with sin so that we can endure the coming penitential season? Maybe that’s an exaggeration for most of us who only enjoy a pancake supper in the church fellowship hall, but what is the point of entering this season? It is a reminder again of who we are and who God is. It is He who has made us, given us life, and we are responsible to Him. It is He who has redeemer us from the power of sin by the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is He who has given us values by which to walk in life as He intended, and for our best good. Lent is a time of year, as are all times of year really, to remain humble before before our Lord, to worship Him, and to share the joy of His life.