I thought it was irreplaceable.
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 tried to do 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 isn’t even on that list.
Because, at the top of the irreplaceable list is my son, Davey. In an instant, he was gone. He was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. 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 so 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. Nothing. Ever. 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.
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