"If you're beginning this devotional on Ash Wednesday, (February 14) you may have noticed how hard it was to get a dinner reservation after worship. If you look ahead to Easter, (April 1) you'll find it's also doing double duty.
As Christians, we always live between two calendars. We celebrate a new year in November. We're confused when our pastor insists on green paraments for the first week in July, not red, white, and blue. We set aside this season for solemn study and reflection, and to the rest of the world it remains six ordinary weeks between Valentine's and April Fool's Day.
How then should we observe this crowded season? What does Lent have to do with lovers and fools?"