I did not go home for Christmas this year, because I wanted solitude and reflection, instead. But I missed my family very much ~ more than I thought I would. I received one gift in the mail. It was from my Dad. This ring was tucked away inside a burlap pencil pouch. I cried the instant I saw it. And then I read the message inscribed on it, and cried some more. Could my Dad have any idea what this means to me? Was he inspired? I don’t know how he meant it, but I know how I received it.
In addition to the sentiment of the ring, the message that is inscribed is perfect and fitting:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13”
I’m sure that it was made as some kind of chastity ring, and that is great, too, but the sentiment goes much deeper for me. And I think it did for him, too.
Though I have been a pain in the ass for my dad, he has always been constant in my life. And I love him for it. And I love him for this ring. I wear it proudly and thoughtfully. Throughout the day I am constantly reminded of the message inscribed on it, and inscribed in my heart. And I believe. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Thank you, Dad. I love you.
And yes, this is the first time I’ve written in over a year in this space. I’d like it to become a habit again. I enjoy it, and haven’t made time for it. That needs to change.