Preparing for Lent

For so much of our lives, we have heard the message that we need to be active in order to be successful-- productivity being the key to a life worth living. While we know in our heads that all lives are worth living and that our ability to produce is not the measure of our value-- somehow, this message does not always drive our decisions. Most likely, this message is the source of our over-full calendars and over-stuffed lives. When we are full to brimming with activity and appointments, it is easy to dismiss the quiet aching of our desire for something more.