Making It Special 
Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 09:41 AM - Extra Christy, Christmas
I lost my wedding ring last year. I saved my nickels and bought a replacement to surprise my wife on our anniversary. (It was really a gift for me.) I wear it every day, I hope I do so for another twenty-five years.

Why is a wedding ring special? It is made of gold, a rare metal which commands a premium price. Rarity is one way to make something special, but not the only way. Or even the best.

I like to think it is special because it is so common. I wear it every day out in the open. It proclaims to me, my wife and the world that I am married. If I kept my wedding ring in a safe deposit box and only wore in on rare occasions, it's value would be less!

There is much that is common in our lives: family we see every day, weekly church services, close friends, daily employment, even the light of every day. I hope that this Christmas, when our special God became one of us, you rejoice in the specialness of the common.

Wedding Ring

"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." - Luke 15:8-10 (NIV)

From the The Gospel of Luke by William Barclay:

The mark of a married woman was a head-dress made of ten silver coins linked together by a silver chain...It may well be that it was one of these coins that the woman had lost, and so she searched for it as any woman would search if she lost her marriage ring.

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