And so we begin the Lenten season, the traditionally somber season before Holy Week and Easter. It is a time when Christians remember the great story of Jesus and his love and turn inward, reflect and do self examination. It begins, for many, with a service we observed four days ago with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads, a liturgical reminder of our mortality. Traditionally Lent has been a time for penitence and confession. Well, let me propose to you that we begin this journey, this year, slightly differently, by pondering the gift of love in the context of passing time; God’s love and the love God’s love awakens in our human hearts. How about love?