It starts in the cold and the dark. As always. Ash Wednesday brings us into Lent, and it is dark.
But it does not remain there. Rather, Lent is the climb–sometimes joyous, sometimes agonizing–towards Holy Week and the glorification that awaits at Easter.
Lent is the story of Jesus. It begins with the Holy One putting on mortal flesh, and it ends with His passing through death into everlasting life.
Lent is our story. It begins with our ashes, and it ends with our passing with Him through death into life.
Lent is the story of our lives. This world is about privation. This world is about bitterness, and mortality, and ashes. And yet, somehow, through our passage through it, we find the promised Resurrection forever.
And so, Lent is the story of the world. We are all passing through a lifetime of Lent, and we are still looking forward to the final Easter that will surely come.