How ‘bout them apples? A Parable about Lent, apple trees, and why giving up is a good thing

Things are blooming here in Southern Ohio. The world is slowly pulling itself out of hibernation: the browns of our winter landscape are conceding to lush green carpets of grass. Overhead, barren trees are sprouting their first buds of growth; people seem to be wearing brighter smiles and a moving at a quicker pace. The