The Christian season of Lent is a forty-day period, excluding Sundays, in which Christ followers join Jesus on his forty-day fast, spiritually walking in his footsteps.  Lent is a season of repentance and spiritual self-examination.  It is a time to draw near to Christ, and a time when we recall our brokenness and mortality.  This allows us to appreciate the blessings that come on Good Friday and Easter, when Christ dies for us and then is raised to life. (Adam Hamilton, The Way)