Today is that day in the Church calendar that marks the beginning of the lenten season. For many who go to more traditional churches - and even some evangelicals that have come to appreciate the goodness of embodied practices - this is the day they will receive the 'imposition of ashes.' That means that, having burned the palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday, the minister will use the ashes to make the sign of the cross on their foreheads. "Remember that you are dust," she will say to them, "and to dust you return." We move into the season of Lent acknowledging that we have been bent away from God's designs for our wholeness and connectedness. The decisions we have made, and some others have made for us, have led us to a place of dislocation. This reality of need sets us up for a deep longing for the salvation Jesus offers: release from all that bends us away from his goodness, and restoration to promised Life.