I missed The Imposition of Ashes / Ash Wednesday Service today, so I read through it on my own. I can't get through it without tears. The love that God has for us is so great; it is a gift of grace, unearned and undeserved.
If you'd like to read through, I highly recommend it. Liturgy is a beautiful ritual. Click (here) for the link to the service.
(Here) is a video of The Imposition of Ashes taken to the streets of New York City.
Lent is such a wonderful way to lean into the darkness of life knowing that light, resurrection, and hope lies just around the corner.
Here are two wonderful articles about helping children (and perhaps even yourself) understand Lent a little better and appreciate it a little more:
"Talking With Kids About the Hard Stuff in Lent", by Ben Irwin (click here)
"Why Grow Christians?", by Nurya Love Parish (click here)