I wrote this post a few weeks ago and some how forgot to post it. Although it makes a huge statement when given out on the first day of Lent it can still act as huge reminder when given throughout the season.
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period (excluding Sunday's) between Ash Wednesday (February 13, 2013) and Easter. This is a period of time when Christians take time to reflect on the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How is it celebrated?
By observing a period of self-sacrificing, fasting, reflection, repentance, moderation and/or spiritual discipline. In our home, we each choose one thing that we love and give it up (sacrifice) for Lent. When I was young we always gave up meat for Lent, since Sunday's are not included in the 40 days we would have meat on Sunday's.
Every year during the Lent season I like to carry a little reminder of the sacrifice that was made for me. This started out as something that I did for myself and now I share it with as many people as I can. This is a very quick and inexpensive project that makes a huge impact on people.
Hard cut Masonry Nails
Simply tie a bow around the nail. I use purple ribbon because it represents royalty.
I carry mine in my wallet throughout Lent and throughout the year. It is an emotional reminder of the cruel and painful death that Jesus suffered on my behalf. I make a few hundred of these every year to be handed out at church on Ash Wednesday as well as to people I come in contact with throughout the season.
Picture from: Captivated by Christ
The Reason for the Season