Wedding Rings – Through the Ages and for All Eternity

Written by M J Plaster

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Fit played an equally important role inrepparttar realm of superstition surroundingrepparttar 122066 wedding ring. The fit had to be perfect. Too loose a fit would lead to a sloppy marriage, carelessness, and even causerepparttar 122067 couple to grow apart. Too tight a fit would doomrepparttar 122068 couple to a suffocating, painful marriage.

In ancient times, wedding bands occupiedrepparttar 122069 third finger onrepparttar 122070 left hand just as they do today. The significance ofrepparttar 122071 third finger wasrepparttar 122072 belief thatrepparttar 122073 vein inrepparttar 122074 third finger,repparttar 122075 "vena amoris," led directly torepparttar 122076 heart. This was a thought propagated byrepparttar 122077 Egyptians and adopted as truth byrepparttar 122078 ancient Greeks and Romans, until later disproved.

Even afterrepparttar 122079 discovery that there was no vena amoris,repparttar 122080 custom of wearingrepparttar 122081 wedding band onrepparttar 122082 third finger survived. Early Christian marriages included a ritual that landedrepparttar 122083 wedding band onrepparttar 122084 third finger: Asrepparttar 122085 priest recited, "Inrepparttar 122086 name ofrepparttar 122087 Father,repparttar 122088 Son, andrepparttar 122089 holy Ghost," he tookrepparttar 122090 ring and touchedrepparttar 122091 thumb,repparttar 122092 first finger, and thenrepparttar 122093 second finger. When he said, "Amen," he placedrepparttar 122094 ring onrepparttar 122095 third finger, sealingrepparttar 122096 marriage. The wedding band has occupiedrepparttar 122097 third finger intorepparttar 122098 21st century, except for a short period duringrepparttar 122099 Elizabethan era, when whimsy decreed thatrepparttar 122100 wedding ring reside onrepparttar 122101 thumb.

Double-ring ceremonies gained popularity during World War II as young soldiers shipped off to war. The token ofrepparttar 122102 marriage contract took on new sentimentality during those troubling times, and that custom remains intact today. Ceremonies differ, vows are often unique, butrepparttar 122103 tradition ofrepparttar 122104 wedding band has survived throughrepparttar 122105 ages, and probably will—for all eternity.

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Love's Most Overlooked Expression

Written by Conrad L.Jones

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Love's New Lesson
  • The importance of people/things can be measured by how much time we invest in them. As men we spend lots of time on our cars, our buddies, our careers, our sports teams then when asked for our time by our spouses, we're tired or too busy. No wonderrepparttar women in our lives never believe us when we tell them "you are important to me". Why should they believe us when we don't prove it by investing time with them?

  • The essence of love is not what we do or provide forrepparttar 122065 other person, but how much we give of ourselves. This is sad guys but most of us thought and believed that if there's food inrepparttar 122066 house, roof overhead, bills paid, kids got what they wanted, we've somehow done our manly duties. Then we get frustrated, irritated and confused and scream "I don't understand my wife and kids, I provide all they need, what more could they want. Truth is, they want you! Your eyes, ears, time, presence, attention; your time. Nothing - No-thing will ever take place of that.

  • Why is your time so important? Time is your most precious asset. You can make more money, get more education, get more jobs, but you can never make or get more time. Why do you think your years on earth are measured as "life-time"? Because as time is spent, so is your very life. When you give someone or something your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back.

    Since your time is your life, don't you think it'srepparttar 122067 greatest gift you can give someone?

Even though roses, diamonds and chocolates are often seen as gifts of love, if you really love your kids and your wife like you say you do, and if they truly are important to you, then give themrepparttar 122068 most desired gift of love and your best investment.

Invest Your Life - Invest Your Time

Conrad L.Jones is CEO of "KPS Publishing Inc", an organization created to educate, motivate, and equip people working to improve their lives in areas of Godly living, personal finance, relationships, self-improvement and healthy lifestyles. To read more of his articles go to his site

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