It has now been three weeks since she accidentally gave away her wedding ring with Halloween candy. KNXV-TV (ABC15) reports that the Mesa resident says she mistakenly handed out the ring during a mix-up.
Apparently, she had earlier placed her wedding ring in a candy jar while helping her daughters carve pumpkins. Later, when the night suddenly became hectic with the appearance of “trick-or-treaters”, she had inadvertently dumped the contents of that jar into a candy bag. Ironically, there were also plastic rings inside the candy bag as well.
Yazzie says she is hopeful that, since the story has now made the national news, someone still has the ring and might return it. As she and her husband did not have much when they were first wed, it is not worth much money, maybe only $50 at most. But it does have great sentimental value.
Now, having once lost my own wedding ring in a swimming pool, I know how devastated she must feel. And I do hope she gets her ring back. I sincerely do. But I also know that losing a ring is nothing compared to losing a spouse. Or a child. Or a home. Or one’s health. Etc., etc…
To be sure, my own life has had its share of ups and downs. But I recognize that, for the most part, the issues I have faced have been relatively small; especially when they are compared to the blessings I have enjoyed. And for that I am thankful.
Jesus once said (in the Gospel of John, chapter 16, verse 33), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I once heard a wise pastor tell of having met and old friend who asked how he was doing. He replied that he was doing okay under the circumstances. To which his friend replied, "Just remember, it is entirely possible for us to live, not under, but above our circumstances!"
Thus, whatever befalls me, be it little or be it big, I can still have an overwhelming sense of peace within. I know this because Jesus has promised this very thing. And for that, if for no other reason, I am thankful today.
Besides, not two months after I lost my own wedding ring, our friends were vacuuming out their swimming pool and found it. In short order, they returned it to me. And I am trusting that, in due time, the same thing will happen for Brooklin. And when it does, I will have yet another thing for which to be thankful as well.