Our Church - and, therefore, each of us - is the bride of Christ. Every year, we need to sit in bed and do the Cosmo quiz together - see where our relationship is headed and what we can do to strengthen it.
If Easter is our renewal of vows to God, then Lent is marriage counselling.
Easter is about new beginning and new birth. Like most births, though, there is some pain before the big event; there is preparation to be made before new life can happen. During Lent, we have to face some painful facts and sacrifice - physically and spiritually - to recommit ourselves to Christ and a new, better relationship with God.