We attended a lovely Valentine wedding on Saturday night. One of the young men from our former youth group got married. It was a sweet ceremony. There was one portion of the ceremony that I had never witnessed before. Before the pastor had the couple exchange vows he said he had a few remarks to make and then the bride would like to say something. The pastor talked about the couple's parents and grandparents who were all seated on the front row... and how they all represented solid marriages. There were 3 couples in the group who had been married over 50 years. He challenged the young couple to follow their parents' and grandparents' examples.
Then he asked the bride to share. She turned to the groom and began to pull a ring off her hand. She said, "When I was 13 years old I promised my daddy that I would keep myself pure for the man who would become my husband. And I have. So I want to give you this ring as a sign." And she put the purity ring her daddy had given her into her almost-husband's hand. The congregation broke into applause as the groom tucked it in his pocket and took her hand to exchange vows.
It's too bad that such a thing is no longer taken for granted... but I thought it was a special way to honor a commitment to purity.