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Religious Jewelry for Comfort

By DaveS | June 21, 2008

Gold Angel MedalMany conversations revolving around religious jewelry are why exactly people wear it. I often read or hear about how it is a proclamation of one’s faith or beliefs or an attempt to openly demonstrate how godly they are. To me, it’s much more than that.

Several years ago my mother-in-law passed away from cancer. As the disease progressed, she was placed in hospice care in her daughter’s home. It was a difficult period but being around loved ones all the time had to bring her some measure of comfort.

Towards the end, she became worried, almost frightened. Worried as to how it was she was going to get to heaven. How she would find it. I picked out a small angel pendant and chain and gave it to my wife to give to her mom. When she placed it around her neck she told her that this was her angel to guide her safely to heaven when the time came. It was truly amazing to see the stress, pain and worry leave her face when she reached up and touched the pendant. It genuinely brought a feeling of comfort to her those last few days.

So for me, religious jewelry goes far beyond the outward display of one’s beliefs of convictions. It’s what it does and can do for the feeling of comfort and well being of those wearing it. It’s what does and can do for the comfort and feelings of those who choose to give it to a loved one. I think that’s a good thing.


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