What My Wedding Ring Symbolizes

My wedding ring is a simple gold band that hasn’t been off my finger in many, many years. The only time I remember it coming off, for any amount of time, is when it broke in half and I had to have it fixed.

When you look at my ring closely, you won’t see any diamonds or engraving. What you will see are nicks, scrapes and dings. Those nicks, scrapes and dings symbolize the joy and pain from our years of marriage. They represent struggles, hopes, dreams and promises. My ring looks good when it’s cleaned and polished, but I’m more comfortable with it looking like the 21 years of marriage that we’ve built.

The simple band of gold, presented to me by my wife on our wedding day, represents so much more than a ceremony of marriage. My ring symbolizes the family we’ve built.  At first just Lea and I, two young kids in love, then came the children and all the struggles that marriages and families endure. It reminds me that all the tough times in the past were worth it.

My ring reminds me I can hold her hand or touch her anytime, because she is mine. It reminds me that we’re a team and that we work better together than apart. It reminds me that I’m totally committed to her, and she’s committed to me.

  • The value of my ring 10k gold men’s wedding ring, purchased in 1988 when we were barely scraping by financially – $60.

  • Price paid to have it fixed when it broke in two pieces – $40.

  • Constantly having it on my hand to remind me that I’m the luckiest man in the world – PRICELESS.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Trey Morgan says:

    I found an old post I did from a few years ago called, “My Wedding Ring.” I REALLY like what it said, so I cleaned it up a little and re-posted it today.

  2. HisFireFly says:

    Glad you re-posted. This is beautiful!

  3. Katherine says:

    This is precious!! What a beautiful gift you two have-I hope you will always cherish it.

    I pray one day I can know this blessing, too.

  4. Rob says:

    I love my wife. She put my ring on 18+ years ago and it has never been off. I too wanted a simple but durable ring and got the 10 kt. gold. It is not shiny and decorative but it represents my life and my choices.

    My wife’s ring has been off a few times due to pregnancy and illness but I am the only one who puts it on.

    if mine ever does fall apart I hope she’ll put it on for me when it’s repaired.

    Another good post Trey. Thanks

  5. Randy says:

    I love my ring so much that I didn’t want anyone to steal it. So I put it at the bottom of the lake.

  6. Glenna Garcia says:

    Aaawww, tears in my eyes. Sweet!

  7. Greg England says:

    I didn’t wear my ring for years (with Janice’s approval) because I simply could not stand to have a ring on my finger … any finger. Then I decided to start wearing it because I wanted any and everyone to know I belonged to her. These days I couldn’t get it off if I wanted to. My finger (and heart) has grown around it.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      “Then I decided to start wearing it because I wanted any and everyone to know I belonged to her. These days I couldn’t get it off if I wanted to. My finger (and heart) has grown around it.” What a great quote, Greg. I love it.

  8. Rev. Carleen Burns says:

    A beautiful sentiment…wishing you another 21 x 2.

  9. THERESA says:

    ABSOULUTLY WONDERFUL!

  10. Jo Baird says:

    I love this. I read it and said, “aahh, how sweet”.

  11. Andre Nunes says:

    Great post Trey. I did have something engraved on my Love Never Fails in greek from the new testament. That reminds me of God loves me so much that blessed me with the most beautiful wife in the world. Thanks for sharing. I also wanted to let you know that I do have a new blog and added the website for you. Its about my journey with God and the hunger that I have to be closer for him. I have to say that I got the motivation from you to share with the world. Thanks again.

  12. ron says:

    cool and sweet!

  13. vanilla says:

    Fantastic! Keep the faith.

  14. Jeanne M. says:

    It would have been 61 years today. I still wear the ring he put on my finger so many years ago and it reminds me of his love and care everytime I look at it.

  15. Dee Andrews says:

    Trey – It took two really bad marriages before Tom & I found each other, the true loves of each other, I’m happy to say.

    Tom was so bitter and disillusioned when we wed that he did not even want a wedding band. But, as our 7th anniversary approached we were talking and I was sad that I had nothing of his to keep in case he should depart this life before me, God forbid.

    He told me he had been thinking. He said he had been thinking that he wanted to have and wear a wedding ring, after all. Then, he said that he had been thinking that he wanted us to have matching bands.

    Trey – that was 12 years ago and we have worn matching bands since. They are both 14k gold, each with a cross on each side and a fish – black and gold. They were the first rings we looked at and both fit perfectly. THANK GOD for true love and committed marriages that are loving and in His service!!

    Thanks for this post, Trey, and for allowing me to share our love story.

    Dee

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Dee – Loved your words. They shined more than the word I wrote. I love love-stories and yours is a great one. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  16. Valerie says:

    I loved your, what your wedding ring means to you! I too know how special it is to be in love and to be loved I lost my loving husband 12/02/2008 after some doctors made a mistake while repairing a rotator cuff they made him a quadriplegic and he lived for almost a year and passed away due to complications to this. I loved my husband so much I would do anything for him I brought him home and made our home handicap accessible, our daughters and I took on the chores he normally did and we were his caretakers. Your story reminded me of my husband he was always so proud to wear his ring and as his health declined he lost alot of weight. Apparently he lost his wedding ring and he was devastated and wasn’t sure how to tell me. When out of the blue our Youngest daughter who was 17 came in and said look mom what I got in the box of pop tarts low and behold it was my husbands ring it had fallen off his finger when he was getting a pop tart for breakfast. I turned to look and him and tears were rolling down his face I immediately to the ring to the jeweler and had it made smaller he never took it of again. When he passed away the coroner handed me his ring and I could just feel the love. I have since had our rings sealed together in a special container for our children. However I will never forget what the rings meant to each of us. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Valerie …. your story is a heart breaker. It just tore at me. I must say I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you’ve gone through. I am SO glad you found the ring and I’m glad it means so much too you. Please know you are in my heart and prayers.

      Trey

  17. David says:

    My ring is a comfort fit band with channel set diamonds. I say that to note there is a hollowness around the top half of the ring instead of being solid. Over the 10+ years I have worn it, its in less than perfect shape. I once asked a jeweler if the dents in the side (where its hollow) could be taken out and he said it could be done.

    But I later decided, I wanted them there. They are indicative of the bumps and scrapes our marriage has endured. I wear them as a badge of honor, knowing that we have fought for what he have now. They also remind me of past mistakes, so that I may never repeat them.

    Thank you for posting this, my friend.

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