Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Reason to Smile #30

Wedding Reading

Words of Wisdom
Our wish for both of you today is that your marriage wil bring much happiness and joy to each of you. Happiness in marriage
is not something that just happens; a good marriage must be created. And it is created in the following ways:
  • It is never being too old to hold hands.
  • It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
  • It is at no time taking the other for granted.
  • It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
  • It is standing together facing life.
  • It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
  • It is doing things for each other not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
  • It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude.
  • It is not looking for perfection in each other.
  • It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor.
  • It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
  • It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
  • It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
  • It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
  • It is establishing a relationship in which independence is equal, dependence is mutual, and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
Bless this marriage, O God, as [Shawn and Holly] begin their journey down the road of life together. We don't know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever comes their way.

Help them to hug each other often, talk and laugh a lot.
Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met.
Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.
Help them to respect each other's likes and dislikes, opinion and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears.
Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Help them to realize that there is design and purpose in their lives as in the world, and if they will hold onto each other, they will know that things have a way of working out for the good.
Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.
But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love' that they now share in their hearts so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children's children forever. Amen

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