BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lent is over tomorrow and for some people they continue to give up cakes, candy or chocolate. For others the Lenten season was not about giving something up, but enriching the lives of others.
Close to 200 people are singing hymns and thanking God during this Lenten season at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bethlehem.
Some gave up traditional things.
"I do it every year," said Norman Schoenberger, a member of Wesley United Methodist. "I give up cake and candy."
"I don't give anything up necessarily but I am much more aware of what comes out of my mouth that reflects what is in my heart," added Pam Fries, creative director of the Stations of the Cross program.
For others, they used the 40 days to meditate as they walk through a labyrinth at the church.
People walking a path, thinking about the life of Christ, and what the Easter holiday means to them.
"It's a rhythm walking through, being able to think about who I am caring about, what's going on in my own life, what's going on in other people's lives," said Deborah Appler, as she finished walking through the labyrinth. "And I find a real serenity in it."
While some used the time to meditate, others here at Wesley United Methodist Church say they've gone outside of the church doors and wanted to give back to the community.
"Many people for many years have given up something," said Donna Giardina. "What I've chosen to do is do something for somebody. Like this particular year, I'm writing a letter to people I haven't either seen or talked to for a long time just to reconnect."
"I don't want to go into detail about what I've done because it was really about being out in the community more," added Appler.
All say no matter how you choose to look back on this season of lent, the most important thing is to remember the life of Jesus Christ
"It really does kind of set the tone for the rest of the year," said Fries.
And the way people should treat each other on a daily basis.
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- Lehigh Valley 69 News