40 days of faith

Students participate in Lent

During the 40 days before Easter, many religious groups observe Lent. Lent is an observance in the Christain liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before Easter Sunday. Many people observe this along with students at Northwest.

Though many churches observe Lent as a congregation with traditions specific to each denomination, it is a personal decision to give up something in order to become closer to God. 

“I’ve been at my church for over 10 years and my church has always practiced it (Lent),” sophomore Caeden West said. “But this is the first time I am really participating in Lent.”

West has made the personal decision to give up social media for the duration of Lent.

“I just felt like I’ve been called to take a break from social media for some time and now I actually have a motive to do it,” West said.

Along with West, sophomore Jack Roberts is also taking a break from social media.

“I think it will help me become a better person and spend more time on more important stuff,” Roberts said.

In the past, Roberts has given up drinking soda and unhealthy habits.

“Lent helps us improve ourselves and it replicates Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and seclusion in the desert for 40 days,” Roberts said.

West has similar views on the purpose of Lent.

“I think Lent is important because it allows time for you to reflect on God and what He has given you more often,” West said.

“I think it’s important that you can willingly give up something, it shows commitment to your religion.”

— junior Ashley Cox

Lent can also mean giving up specific food or drink. Junior Ashley Cox will be giving up soda for the duration of Lent. 

“Lots of my family and friends think I drink too much soda,” Cox said

Cox has tried to give up soda in the past and unfortunately hasn’t been able to be successful. 

Cox is hopeful in achieving her goal this year.

Removing or adding things should be used to make you a better person, but more importantly a better child of God.”

— sophomore Caeden West

Some students have decided to add something to their days for the duration of Lent. One or these students is freshmen Ava Delellis.

“I am going to read a couple of passages from the Bible every day,” Delellis said.

Delellis has been wanting to read the Bible more and Lent is giving her a reason to start. Delellis plans to keep up this habit after Lent ends.

I think that Lent is important because it builds self discipline while strengthening our relationship with Christ.”

— freshman Ava Delellis

The purpose of Lent can mean different things for different people.

“The purpose of Lent is to grow closer to God by giving up or adding things in your life,” West said.

Delellis thinks that sacrifice is the purpose of Lent.

“I think the purpose of Lent is so we can sacrifice something just as Jesus did,” Delellis said. “Of course our sacrifices are much less severe.”

Roberts has similar thoughts on the purpose of Lent.

“The biggest purpose is to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice of withdrawal into the desert for 40 days,” Roberts said. “But it also helps us break bad habits and improve ourselves.”