Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OLD LOVE

Old Love


The question is asked; “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage?  Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?  And the answer is given; “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing.  It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path.  Their hands are gnarled but still clasped; their faces are seamed but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired but still strong with love and devotion.  Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love.  Old love.

Anon

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Your Wedding Day



Today is a day you will always remember.

The greatest in anyone’s life;

You’ll start off the day just two people in love,

And end it as husband and wife.



It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey,

With moments to cherish and treasure;

And although there’ll be times when you both disagree,

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.



You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past,

When the secrets of marriage were spoken;

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside,

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken.



So live happy forever as lovers and friends,

It’s the dawn of a new life for you,

As you stand there together with love in your eyes,

From the moment you whisper ‘I do’.



And with luck all your hopes and you dreams can be real,

May success find its way to your hearts;

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys,

But today is the day it all starts.

Anon

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blessed

 God, the best maker of all marriages, combine your hearts in one! 
 Shakespeare, King Henry V.III.387,8

Without God’s blessing and grace upon a marriage, a couple walks alone through the trials ahead.  No husband and wife, escapes hard times.  Therefore, religious tradition has for all time and all religions called upon God to bless the marriage union.  Blessings ask God to bring joy and love in abundance to the newlyweds, to make them strong during troubles, to bind them together as one so that they run to one another instead of apart.  Blessings also point the couple to God as the Father who loves and guides them best through life as a married couple.  The minister, rabbi, or priest bestows his benediction on the union on behalf of the believing community.
Traditional religious ceremonies include blessings written into the service.  Should you as a couple desire to choose a blessing from your own resources, this option is frequently possible.  Talk with your officiant to see how the blessing you choose might fit into the service.  Select from your religious scriptures. 
Civil blessings may be chosen from poems or sayings.  A number of blessings are included on the pages across the top of this blog labeled “Readings” and “Scripture”.