“Put to death whatever in you is earthly…clothe yourselves with…” Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian Calendar. Often I have heard people ask, “What are you giving up for Lent.” Often Lent is seen as sacrifice and giving up. Historically, Lent is giving up that which hinders our relationship with God and taking up (“clothe yourselves”), that which aids our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Why is putting off and putting on both important in spiritual growth? What will you do to aid your relationship with God? Lord Jesus, draw me closer. Amen.