I am grateful for a period of time each year dedicated to turning our gaze upon the cross of Christ. More and more, I find myself joining with the hymn writer in praying, “Jesus, keep me near the cross.” The cross, and all that it signifies, is the foundation for my identity, my hope, and my joy. I need to keep coming back to it. We need to keep coming back to it. And Lent invites us to do exactly that.