Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" – Mark 1:35-37
The annual J-Term Chapel coincided with Ash Wednesday this year, making last week's Chapel message especially appropriate.
On Ash Wednesday, many Christians are marked with a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. This "Day of Ashes" is a day of repentance and confession, and the ashes symbolize death as well, reminding the worshipper that man was made from dust and will return to dust. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, a 40 day period commonly observed with some form of fasting.