In Jamaica, Ash Wednesday is a big holiday. School closes, businesses close, and everyone is on full fledged holiday. Previously, while we were in the states, Ash Wednesday would often pass almost unnoticed without much thought. But, we have come to really appreciate the remembrance. Whether it is in remembrance of Jesus' 40 day fast and triumph over temptation or any of the other 40's in the Bible, this time has served as a healthy preparation for our celebration of the cross. May we all look to the cross and remember the blood that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins!