Today in town I was walking through a food aisle and overheard one teenage girl say to her friend "I might give up food for lent", her friend half laughed "yeah" in agreement then after a pause asked "what is lent?" they both stopped walking for a moment, "I don't know," said they first girl "it's when you give up stuff isn't it?" It's moments like this that I wish I had more courage and more answers!
"For you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Genesis 3v19b [ESV] is a sobering reminder, but also a comforting reminder of my childhood in a much higher church, full of tradition and ritual. Personally I find the structure of lenten traditions helpful - ensuring preparation and time of reflection on things before we celebrate Easter. To really focus on the life Jesus lived and why he had to go to the cross to die for our sins, before we burst with joy as we celebrate the victory of the cross on Easter Sunday!
(This verse was brought to my attention by today's reading from She Reads Truth if you have not come across them before I would highly recommend you check them out, fantastic study plans that you can access online, via their app or daily emails.)