Today marks the First Sunday of Lent. Lent is an old English word meaning spring. Spring is a time for pruning superfluous branches so that the remaining ones bear abundant fruit.
Lent is also a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How do we slow down enough to make time for Jesus? In some Jewish homes, the family has decided to have a "Tech Shabbas." From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, the entire family refrains from using all technical equipment. People have reported a renewed sense of peace and unity in their families.