A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
(Ruth Bell Graham)
(Ruth Bell Graham)
The presider wraps a colorful, thick ribbon around the couples’ joined hands. (Names of the two being married) N. and N., today you enter a journey of life together, a life that finds its source in divine love, enfleshed in your love for one another. Just as ranchers and farmers use a rope to help them find their way in a blinding snowstorm, you will sometimes need to have a strong ribbon of love to help you find your way back home to the affection you now have for one another. For life is such that you can lose your way to this love in the...read more
A wedding is for a day; A marriage for a life—as God grants us enduring grace In which to love and thrive. You are our dwelling-place, O Lord. Yet for this Earthly journey You have graciously offered us love’s presence Embodied in one another: To be each other’s nearest neighbor, To be companioned through the inevitable straits of life, To hear a voice beside us in the dark, And know the healing touch of a loving embrace. We commit ourselves anew To the truth of our wedding vows: that you alone Can make two become one. Remind us daily of the...read more
Help us learn, Lord, to occasionally set aside some time to take a good and honest look at ourselves. We want to get into the habit of periodically examining our conscience. How are we doing, Lord? Are we fulfilling the goals, hopes, and dreams we had when we were first married? Are we living the way we thought we would or are we falling short of our original expectations? Have we been communicating openly and honestly, or have we been guilty of locking each other out? Have we been accepting our share of the responsibilities and duties of...read more
All we have came only from You. Everything we hope for will only come from Your love. All that we enjoy You gave us freely. Everything we ask for is only Yours to give. Give us the light to understand. Put fire behind our will. Be at the beginning of all we begin. Excite our love, strengthen our weakness, encompass our desire. Shield our thoughts, and cradle our bodies, and as we breathe this prayer, in our hearts may we feel Your presence. Amen. Celtic Daily...read more