A Gift of Love

"A Gift of Love" is an excellent way of remembering the depths of God's love for us. It is recommended that the priest or youth director accompany the words below with a nail for each person in their GOYA or YAL.)

We have a simple gift for you - just a simple nail.

However, you will never be able to use it for the purpose that it was intended. It will never join two pieces of wood or hold a picture to a wall. During these days of Lent you will find it in your pocket or purse while looking for some change or for your keys. But this nail will never be hammered by you - we don't think any of us could do it - not with this particular nail. Let this nail, instead, serve as a reminder each time you see it, each time you find it again.

If you ever doubt your worth or value - or doubt that you are loved - hold this nail for a moment and reflect:

God So Loved The World That He Sent His Only Son To Die For Us!

No matter how much you hurt or how much you suffer, you are loved. Do not forget that. Jesus was held to the cross not by nails - but by Love.

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