Lent is the most penitential season of holiness in the Church Year, preparing us spiritually for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection 40 days later. Christians are expected to set aside time for increased personal devotion, prayer, fasting, Bible reading, meditative reflection, self-examination of our conscience, confessing and repenting of our sins, and receiving forgiveness from the Lord. Focusing on Jesus’ crucifixion helps make us aware of the gift of salvation that is too often taken for granted. This is a time when we fast on certain days to give more careful attention to our spiritual nature. We may also abstain from certain rich foods as a means of simplifying our diets, taking better care of our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and identifying with those who don't have enough to eat. Fasting is primarily an act of worship acknowledging that God’s throne rules our heart by giving priority to feeding our souls over indulging our appetites. Lent slows us down so we can listen to God. All Sundays are resurrection feast days. So even in Lent, Sundays are not technically counted among the 40 days of self-denial between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, yet they retain a penitential character to remind the Body of Christ gathered that repentance and grace are the keys to living in the Kingdom of God.
For me, the key to staying married for 40 years is to have a sense of humor, listen don't fix, stop trying to change the other, forgive endlessly, make up quickly, love deeply, worship together regularly, relying relentlessly on God's grace, and finally (and this is critical) have a wife with the patience of Job!
I’m a 4th generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas, except for the first 9 years of my life. I grew up as an Army brat until my dad retired and we moved back home to Dallas when I was in the 4th grade. I lived in Asuncion, Paraguay as a pre-schooler and was fluent in Spanish and Guarani when we returned to the States. But alas, you lose it if you don’t use it.