"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wedding Prayer

We are so endeared to Jason's grandfather, he is such a great man.  So, when trying to figure out how to transition from my dad walking down the aisle to officiating the ceremony, Jason's grandfather was just perfect to ask to lead a prayer.  The words he spoke are ones I have never forgotten, and I'm not sure a more beautiful prayer has been said on my behalf....

Oh God of Love,

You have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind.
Yours was a plan, and only with you can marriage work out with joy.

Teach Jason and Tara that marriage is not living merely for each other,
it is two uniteds joining hands to serve you.

Give them great spiritual purpose in life.
May they seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all other things shall be added to them.

Now, bless them and develop their characters as they walk together...

Give them enough tears to keep them tender,
enough hurts to keep them human,
enough failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in yours,
and, enough success to make sure they walk with God.

May they never take each other's love for granted,
but always experience the breathless wonderment that exclaims:

"Out of this world, you have chosen me..."

And then, as life is done, and the sun is setting
May they be found...then as now...
hand in hand, still thanking God for each other.

May they serve you happily, faithfully together.

Until at last,
One shall lay the other into the arms of God.

This we ask in Jesus Christ, the great lover of our souls....Amen.

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