Wedding Rings During Separation

I am always discouraged when I notice people take off their wedding rings during a separation, especially if they say they want the marriage to be reconciled.

Many of the ring ceremonies I have heard at weddings have talked about the ring being a symbol of unending love.

It seems premature to me to take off your ring before you are divorced when you say you want the marriage reconciled. When a person takes their ring off does that mean they are giving up their commitment to love?

I am thankful that I kept mine on during our separation. It was a symbol that often reminded me of my commitment to Sharon. I think it also protected me from other women because they knew I was married.

Thankfully even though Sharon was planning to divorce me she never took her ring off. Almost every time I came into her presence I checked to see that she was wearing it. I was always afraid that she wouldn’t be, but always had a slim ray of hope when I saw it.

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4 Responses to Wedding Rings During Separation

  1. Dave says:

    Interesting topic, I’ve been continuing to wear (the ring) and beginning to feel like, whats the use anyway, seeing that there isn’t a thread left to hold to other than my belief in the institution of marriage…

    • richwildman says:

      I am sorry for your pain. I can testify that wearing my ring, inspired me to hold on to hope for my marriage which was as good as dead until Jesus resurrected it. It also reminded me of the commitment I had made to love my wife as long as I lived for better or worse, and separation was definitely for worse. In most ring ceremonies that man makes his promise before the wife makes any- the promises are not conditioned upon her response.

  2. Sara says:

    I found out my husband cheating with multiple momen. When I found about it for the second time, he told me he did not care and he is a man, so he has a different need. He never wore a ring. He never apologized for what he had been doing. I left our house and now live alone and still wearing a ring but I feel like taking it off. I don’t see any future for us.

    • sewildman says:

      I’m so sorry for your pain and for your situation. It’s never easy to know what to do as to the rings. We will be praying for you and for your husband. We have found that as long as you allow God into your heart and look to Him for the answers, He will guide you . . . and there is always hope.

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