Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season called Lent. Lent originated in the 4th century, and was initially a time of preparation for those being baptized at Easter. Since baptism is an act of introduction into a community of faith, the entire community was called to this "time of preparation."
Have you ever wrestled with a question and you needed to know the answer? We are faced with a myriad of simple questions every day that require answers. Where do we want to go to dinner? Does this shirt match these pants? Do I take the interstate or back roads to work today?