Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. Forty days are set aside before Easter as a time of preparation. For some this might include extra devotions, prayers, fasting, or giving up favorite treats. Between the College and the Seminary we have many books about this season, but I would like to call attention to a category of items which might be of interest to anyone seeking a new way to prepare themselves for Easter. A call number search BV245 leads you to a list of prayer books in Van Wylen library. I find new inspiration in prayers written, not for a liturgy, but by other individuals, and there are many of them on the shelves this special Wednesday.