When my son was about four, he spotted my wedding ring on my finger and asked about it. I think he was also wondering why he didn't have one. So I got down our wedding album and showed him the pictures. One of those is a close-up of our hands, side by side, wearing those rings. I told him this was something that people wore when they got married to help them remember the special promises they made to each other -- like to love, honor, cherish, respect, be faithful....
In every wedding ceremony I perform, I always say something like this in regard to the rings:
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.