The beginning thoughts are from one of the Rev. Dr. Dale Turner's Seattle Times writings, "Denial and Action are Keys to Finding Grace During Lent". Rev. Dale
Turner was a minister at University Congregational Church in Seattle from 1958 to 1982.
Lent begins with ashes - on one level a reminder of the way our best intentions
sometimes flame out with little to show for them. A reminder that we aren't God
- that we are limited beings who need one another, that we have a beginning and
an end: "All of us go down to the dust, but even at the grave we make our song.