This anecdote is actually taken straight from a Catholic Catechism by Joseph Baxter.
A certain monarch caused the figure of an angel to be carved in white marble. From the left hand of this statue hung a silver ring attached to a thin silken cord, while the right hand held a golden ring suspended from a diamond chain. The king’s son and daughter asked their father what these two rings were intended to signify. He answered : “I will give the rings to whichever of you can guess their meaning aright.” Then the prince said : ” The rings are doubtless emblems of friendship and love.” The king replied : ” That is quite right. But why is one ring made of gold and the other of silver?” The princess answered: “The silver ring signifies human friendship and affection. That friendship, that affection, cannot be relied upon; it hangs, as it were, by a slight cord which is easily broken. The gold ring signifies the love of God for man ; that is firm and unchangeable ; it cannot be broken.” The king praised his children for the good answers they had given ; he gave the silver ring with the silken cord to the prince, and the gold ring with the chain of diamonds to the princess.(from history.inrebus.com)
In life, family and friends are important. They give us love, support, guidance. But, in the wink of an eye, things can change, relations can turn sour, cords can be broken.
God’s love for us, on the other hand, can stand any weather, any change, any circumstance. In Hebrews 13:5, Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” What a beautiful reminder for us that there is Someone who will be with us always. Be blessed. 🙂