Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 17: “With this Ring”

With this ring

Open your hands. Look at your ring finger. Is your wedding ring still there?

In my long hospital confinement, my wedding ring caused me some uncomfortable and embarrassing moments. My ring finger has grown bigger that my wedding ring can no longer be removed.

That is why every time I went to the OR, CT-Scan room and even x-rays, I have to explain to the people tasked to prepare me, my predicament – my ring can’t be removed.

They have to cover my ring finger with adhesive tapes so that my ring (or anything it represents) will not interfere with my medical procedures.

And so it came to pass that when I was released from confinement, the first thing that Mam Martha asked me to do was to look for ways for that ring to be removed.

It’s good that we have a church member who knew some jewelers familiar with the task of cutting and re-sizing a ring to make it just like new.

That explains why, after my hospital confinement, I’ve got a “new” wedding ring – fitted well, with its freshly printed inscription – Martha Mae, July 8, 1990 (the date of our wedding).

With this ring, I continue to pledge with her my matrimonial vow of a loving marriage.

Posted on FB: 9 March 2015 – 9:10 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.