February 10 was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate Good Friday and Easter. Just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives, Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ passion and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. As we begin this season of Lent, it’s tempting to decide what we will give up or what we will do extra to show God—and maybe other people—how serious we are about our faith. But the prophet Joel reminds us that what is most important is what happens deep within our hearts: Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your whole heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God… (Joel 2:12-13). This Sunday, February 14, we will be contemplating how we can lean in to God during Lent by focusing on the discipline of prayer. We hope to see you there!