It fits like my finger was made to wear it. I was used to it the moment it slipped over my knuckle and rested there. It encompasses more than my finger. It’s in my bones and my heart. It is me, and it belongs to her. What God has brought together no man can separate.
It is a match to another ring on another finger, and they are both worn for a purpose. This ring brings me home. It always points me to where I want to be, and reminds me of that day when my heartbeat quickened, and settled into a new rhythm upon sight of her. I want this ring to be with the other ring. I want to be where that love lives.
This love is the greatest I’ve ever known. It is love without walls where the flow between us is constant and replenishes what we have together.
The words, “With this ring I thee wed…” were spoken with these specific rings in mind. They signify the bond we have committed ourselves to. They represent the shield that protects us from the elements of this world that seek to separate us.
With this ring I know who satisfies me. I have confidence that we will not be separated by time or distance.
With this ring I know where my heart belongs.
With this ring I give valor, honor, and commitment to a woman for whom I have so little to offer, yet who is worth so much, and accepts me as I am nonetheless.
With this ring the dust and ashes of the past are washed away. My path is clear from this point forward, and my steps are sure.
With these rings the words of our vows are embodied in the touchstones of reality.
With this ring I see that all the joys, all the sorrows, and all the mistakes I’ve made have led me to this point. I get to be the man who sees this ring on my finger, and the hand that wears the other one, and the eyes that see me in return. The eyes that hold the greatest treasure I could hope to have.
It was all worth it.
©Dan Bode 2015