During this season of Lent, we are once again reminded of our need for God. And this happens not only as we realize our own shortcomings, recognizing in ourselves when we have given criticism when what was needed was a hug, as well as admitting those times when we can’t do it on our own and we are the ones in need of a hug. Yet as we turn back to God during this Lenten season, we find that there is one in our lives whose arms are always stretched out in welcome, ready to embrace us.

A Hen and Its Chicks