A Simple Band of Gold

14 Sep


Well, here it is!!  Over six months later, and TODAY I was finally able to put my wedding band back on!!!  This wedding band is very special to me, not only because my bride of almost 24 years put it on my hand.  Not only because it is a symbol of the promise I made to her, her family, my family, the whole world, and God that I will be the BEST HUSBAND God allows me to be for the rest of our lives.  This band has another significant meaning … It belonged to Diana’s dad, who died when she was a senior in high school.

I only got to know Don Duncan for nine months. He was a Godly man.  He was fun.  He was ferociously loyal to his family AND to his Clemson Tigers (a trait his daughter has, and now his grandchildren, too!)  And his family loved him.  And he returned their love.  When I look at him, at my dad, and my grandpa, I’ve had some pretty good mentors about what it means to be a husband, father, and lead a family.  And I’ve got a lot to live up to.  This ring reminds me of what God expects from me … and a dad who is hanging around with Him in Heaven right now.  When I see Don again one day, I hope he’ll tell me I did his ring justice!!




3 Responses to “A Simple Band of Gold”

  1. Kathy Cashion September 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    What a special blog post. I agree, Don was a great mentor of what it is like to be a godly spouse.
    He was very special. I did not realize you wore his ring. So neat.

  2. Martha Stroud Vaughan September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Well, sir, I don’t comment often although I read your blog when ever you publish one. I don’t know that I’ve ever shed tears when I read your blog; until today. I know beyond any shadow of doubt that Don Duncan is very proud of the man and pastor you are but is particularly proud of the husband and dad you are. I can’t wait until you stand before God and He’ll say “well done you good and faithful servant” but also waiting until you’ve heard it from Him, Don will be there ready to give you a hug and say, “Yes, Dave, you did a GREAT job at both being a husband to my daughter and a dad to my grandchildren.” I love you much. You keep on doing justice to that ring! for a long time.

  3. Kristy Dempsey September 15, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    This made me cry. Love you, Dave, and I’m grateful for the kind of man and husband you are for my sister.


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