Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Modern Blessing


Wouldn't it be a sign of the times if the reader at your ceremony got up there with his or her Kindle in hand? While I don't anticipate that happening at our wedding, it would definitely cause me to chuckle. And, it would most definitely put a modern twist on the proceedings...don't worry, we're not going to take things quite that far!

In any event, Mr. S and I finally asked one of my good friends - and college roommate of two years - to read during the ceremony. I had wanted to ask her for awhile, but we don't see each other very often and I didn't want to do it over email. I instead chose to ask her toward the end of my bachelorette which she said she'd love to, but would I please ask her again when I was sober? I assured her I was completely serious with my question, but did follow up with an email the next day.

I came across the most beautiful reading that I believe we are going to use...

"Blessing for a Marriage," James Dillet Freeman
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence - no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

I aboslutely love it. It's a little more modern than other readings I've seen and since we're having a ceremony that we'd categorize as more spiritual than religious, this reading to me is a perfect fit.

Have you chosen something special for your reader(s) during the ceremony?


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