I can’t believe it!

My wedding ring had a loose stone so a major jewelry store sent it in to be fixed.

And my ring disappeared.

Somewhere between the jewelry store and the shop that fixes jewelry, my ring along with a whole box of other people’s jewelry was stolen.  Gone!

For almost 40 years, my husband I have had an ‘every 5 years’ anniversary tradition of changing or adding something to my ring.  This made my ring very unique with a lot of sentimental memories attached to it.  Four years ago we added blue sapphires to my ring after our son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty.  It’s the only piece of jewelry I usually wear other than Davey’s memorial bracelet.

This ring was precious to me so I never took it off.  I didn’t want to lose it.

Now the jewelry store lost it.  Unbelievable!

Of course I cried.  So much has been lost and now I’m adding my ring to that list.  The jewelry store is doing their best to replace it with something comparable.  But it’s irreplaceable.

Well, on second thought, my perspective has really changed on what is irreplaceable.  There is a new standard in my mind that I measure  everything here on earth by to determine whether it’s irreplaceable.  And my ring actually ends up really low on that list.

Because, at the top of the irreplaceable list is my son, Davey.  In an instant, he was gone.  He went to work one day and never came back.  And he is truly irreplaceable.  He defines irreplaceable.  He was such a huge personality and special.  Nothing and no one can fill the hole he left on this earth.

When I think about it, it’s people in my life who are irreplaceable.  None of the ‘stuff’ in life means much when it’s stacked up against the people that mean the most to me.

One of the things I value about my relationship with God is that he has promised that nothing could make him stop loving me.  NothingEver.  I don’t have to be concerned about ever losing my relationship with him.  My life is built on the Solid Rock.  I might lose everything else, but not God.

Having this new standard of irreplaceable has helped me focus on the most precious things in my life – my relationship with God and with people.  It has helped me put ‘stuff’ and possessions in the right place on my list of what is important – at the bottom.  It has helped me be okay with losing my ring.  It was just a thing.  It is replaceable.

Because I now clearly understand what is truly irreplaceable.

Miss you, Davey.


6 responses to “Irreplaceable”

  1. I am glad you have peace over this – even though you will always miss your ring. Dave was an amazing man – irreplaceable. I found this and have it on a plaque hanging in one of my rooms

    My mind still talks to you and
    My heart still looks for you but
    But my soul knows you are at peace.

    I think of and pray for you often. I pray 2021 will continue to bring peace to your mind and healing to your heart.


  2. Oh dear Judy ~ Another story that puts so much meaning into a title. I agree with you. Things can be replaced even if not quite the same but my goodness our loved ones just can’t ever be replaced when they are gone. I cried for the fact that your precious ring was lost or stolen; what a sad feeling for you and Dave to have to accept. But as you said; it is a ring and not a person. Know I am always keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to deal with the emotions especially during the holidays. Love you and thank you for the meaningful words you shared today.


    1. Thanks for your prayers, Cindy. Praying for you as well. Love you💙💙


  3. Judy. Just like your Ring. And Like your Son Dave. All things do Come back in time. We just don’t run the Clock. Though sometimes seconds due turn it forwards way to Quickly. I cry every time I read about your Son. Hopefully those are a Few less that you will have too. I remember Stone and Bloom. I remember Bob Fike like it was Yesterday. Your Dave will never be Forgotten. Just Like Sandi’s Dawn Marie Butler. 11-19-96. Just like Moments Ago. God Bless. And the Merriest of Christmases. Give your Daughter a Hug from the Butlers and Bloods. Dave Butler Ex 3342.Det. Mike Butler 2300’s. R. I. P. Age 39. 8-13-88. Sgt Matthew Butler # 7309.


    1. Thank you, Dave. I will never forget Dawn’s death. Such a tragedy. I thought of Sandi and your family right after Davey died. It’s so hard. Thanks for always remembering and honoring Davey💙💙


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