The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways

Spiritual Love Poems and Blessings

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  • The Wedding Vow

    by Rebecca W.

    You are not the air that I breathe,
    You are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
    You are not the sounds that I hear,
    You are the music of my life
    You are not the food that I need,
    You are the nourishment of my soul
    You are not my will to survive
    You are my reason for living
    It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
    It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path
    It is your partnership that will lead me to the fulfillment of my dreams
    It is your friendship that guides me as I learn and grow.
    It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
    It is through you that I know my true self
    I do not take you for granted, I cherish you
    I do not need you, I choose you
    I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
    I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts
    I choose you in strength and weakness
    I choose you in health and in sickness
    I choose you in joy and sorrow
    I will choose you, over all others,
    every day for all the days of my life

  • Sonnet From The Portuguese XLIII

    by Elizabeth Barrett Browing (1806-1861)

    “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of being and ideal Grace.
    I love thee to the level of every day’s
    Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
    I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
    I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
    I love thee with the passion put to use
    In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
    I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints, – I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.”

  • This Day I Married My Best Friend

    Author Unknown

    “This day I married my best friend
    …the one I laugh with as we share life’s wondrous zest,
    as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
    …the one I live for because the world seems brighter
    as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
    …the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
    We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.”

  • Today I Married My Best Friend

    by Rachel Elizabeth Cooper (b.1977)

    “Today I married my best friend,
    Our bond complete, it hath no end,
    We share one soul, we share one heart,
    A perfect time – a perfect start.

    With these rings we share together,
    Love so close to last forever,
    This special day – two special hearts,
    Let nothing keep this love apart.”

  • Prayer of Love

    Author Unknown

    “Our prayer for you is this:
    That you will always remember the qualities
    that attracted you to each other when you first met
    and how you felt as your feelings of attraction
    turned into respect, admiration and finally love.
    That you will work hard to turn your feelings of love
    into acts of love so that nothing and no one can divide you.
    That you will always have kind and loving hearts
    that are quick to ask for forgiveness when you are wrong
    as well as to forgive when your partner is wrong.
    That your love might grow to hear all things,
    believe all things, and hope for all things, endure all things.
    we pray you place your marriage in God’s hands,
    and that your love increases and overflows,
    beyond anything you can yet imagine.”

  • Love’s Philosophy

    by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

    “The fountains mingle with the rivers
    And the rivers with the oceans,
    The winds of heaven mix forever
    With a sweet emotion;
    Nothing in the world is single;
    All things by a law divine
    In one spirit meet and mingle.
    Why not I with thine?

    See the mountains kiss high heaven
    And the waves clasp one another;
    No sister-flower would be forgiven
    If it disdained its brother,
    And the sunlight clasps the earth
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
    What is all this sweet work worth
    If thou kiss not me?”

  • What We Would Wish For You

    by Marie April Gismondi

    “I cannot say what we would wish for you and your marriage.
    All of your dreams in life are your own and shall be fluid,
    ebbing and flowing from shore to shore
    as you discover the nature of each success and disappointment.
    We cannot wish for you to know no sorrows in the years ahead,
    for to never know sorrow would mean
    that you would never be blessed with anything worth while.
    We cannot wish for you a life without struggles,
    for that would mean a life without achievement.
    Yet we can wish that all the roads you travel
    and the feelings experienced along the way
    shall make your marriage stronger through the seasons.
    That your home and your togetherness
    shall forever remain a place of sanctuary and renewal
    That you share more joys than sorrows
    And that your relationship continues to grow and endure and inspire
    Today we wish nothing more or less
    than all that you hope and dream for yourselves.
    And that it last for a lifetime.”

  • Foundations Of A Marriage

    by Regina Hill

    “Love, Trust, and Forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will
    bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome

    In marriage, all of the moments won’t be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and
    anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together.

    Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything
    together during even the worst and most insecure moments.

    Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the
    other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together.

    It’s inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not
    giving up… even when all the odds say to quit.

    It’s allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or
    thoughts aren’t in total agreement or exactly what you’d like them to be.

    It’s getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available,
    the way any best friend should be.

    Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of
    sharing, caring, and loving throughout life:

    Love, Trust, and Forgiveness.”

  • On Marriage

    by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

    “Then Almitra spoke again and said, “And what of Marriage, master?”
    And he answered saying:
    You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
    You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
    Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
    Love one another but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
    Even as the strings of a lute are alone
    though they quiver with the same music.
    Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together, yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

  • Blessing For A Marriage

    by 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!”

  • The Prayer of St. Francis

    by St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

    “Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is discord, union;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy;
    O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek
    To be consoled as to console,
    To be understood as to understand,
    To be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

  • From “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”

    by John O’Donohue

    “When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

  • To Be One With Each Other

    by George Eliot (1819-1880)

    “What greater thing is there for two human souls
    than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other
    in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
    to share with each other in all gladness,
    to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?”

  • From “Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith”

    by Frederick Buechner

    “They say they will love, comfort, honor each other to the end of their days. They say they will cherish each other and be faithful to each other always. They say they will do these things not just when they feel like it, but even — for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health — when they don’t feel like it at all. In other words, the vows they make could hardly be more extravagant. They give away their freedom. They take on themselves each other’s burdens. They bind their lives together… The question is, what do they get in return?

    They get each other in return… There will always be the other to talk to, to listen to… There is still someone to get through the night with, to wake into the new day beside. If they have children, they can give them, as well as each other, roots and wings. If they don’t have children, they each become the other’s child.

    They both still have their lives apart as well as a life together. They both still have their separate ways to find. But a marriage made in heaven is one where a man and a woman become more richly themselves together than the chances are either of them could ever have managed to become alone.”

  • Traditional Pagan Blessing

    by Ed Fitch

    “Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
    As time passes, remember…
    Like a star should your love be constant,
    Like the earth should your love be firm.
    Possess one another, yet be understanding.
    Have patience with each other,
    For storms will come, and they will go quickly.
    Be free in giving of affection and of warmth.
    Have no fear, and let not the ways or words of the
    Unenlightened give you unease.
    For the Old Gods are with you,
    Now and always!”

  • Traditional Irish Blessing

    “May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    May God be with you and bless you;
    May you see your children’s children.
    May you be poor in misfortune,
    Rich in blessings,
    May you know nothing but happiness
    From this day forward.

    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
    And may the hand of a friend always be near.

    May green be the grass you walk on,
    May blue be the skies above you,
    May pure be the joys that surround you,
    May true be the hearts that love you.”

  • The Blessing Of The Apache – Short Format

    “Now you will feel no rain,
    For each of you will be shelter to the other.
    Now you will feel no cold,
    For each of you will be warmth to the other.
    Now there is no more loneliness for you,
    For each of you will be companion to the other.
    Now you are two bodies,
    But there is only one life before you.
    Go now to your dwelling place,
    To enter into the days of your togetherness.
    And may your days be good and long upon the earth.”

  • The Blessing of the Apache – Long Version

    “Now you will feel no rain,
    for each of you will be shelter for the other.
    Now you will feel no cold,
    for each of you will be warmth to the other.
    Now there will be no loneliness,
    for each of you will be companion to the other.
    Now you are two persons,
    but there is only one life before you.
    May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead
    and through all the years,
    May happiness be your companion
    and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
    Treat yourselves and each other with respect,
    and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
    Give the highest priority to the tenderness,
    gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
    When frustration, difficulties and fear
    assail your relationship,
    as they threaten all relationships at one time or another,
    remember to focus on what is right between you,
    not only the part which seems wrong.
    In this way, you can ride out the storms
    when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives
    remembering that even if you lose sight of it,
    for a moment the sun is still there.
    And if each of you takes responsibility
    for the quality of your life together,
    it will be marked by abundance and delight.”

  • Apache Blessing

    “May the sun bring you new energy by day,
    May the moon softly restore you by night,
    May the rain wash away your worries
    And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
    And all of the days of your life may you walk
    Gently through the world and know its beauty.”

  • Eskimo Love Song

    “You are my [husband] / [wife] My feet shall run because of you
    My feet dance because of you
    My heart shall beat because of you
    My eyes see because of you
    My mind thinks because of you
    And I shall love because of you.”

  • Marriage Joins Two People In The Circle Of Its Love

    by Edmund O’Neill (b.1929)

    “Marriage is a commitment to life,
    the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.
    It offers opportunities for sharing and growth
    that no other relationship can equal.
    It is a physical and an emotional joining
    that is promised for a lifetime.

    Within the circle of its love,
    marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships.
    A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend,
    confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.
    And there may come times when one partner
    is heartbroken or ailing,and the love of the other
    may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child.

    Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.
    Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger,
    even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.

    Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid.
    It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences,
    and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.

    When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage,
    they create a spirit unique unto themselves
    which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.
    Marriage is a promise,
    a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other
    and takes a lifetime to fulfil.”

  • Navajo Wedding Blessing

    “Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out.
    The two of you now have a fire that represents love,
    understanding, and a philosophy of life.
    It will give you heat, food, warmth and happiness.
    The new fire represents a new beginning –
    a new life and a new family.
    The fire is to be kept burning; you are meant to stay together.
    You have lit this fire for life, until only old age separates you.”

  • Traditional Shoshone Love Poem

    “Fair is the white star of twilight,
    and the sky clearer at the day’s end;
    But she is fairer, and she is dearer, She, my heart’s friend
    Fair is the white star of twilight, and the moon roving to the sky’s end.
    But she is fairer, better worth loving, She, my heart’s friend.”

  • Cherokee Prayer

    “God in heaven above please protect the ones we love.
    We honour all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
    We honour mother-earth –
    and ask for our marriage to be abundant
    and grow stronger through the seasons;
    We honour fire –
    and ask that our union be warm
    and glowing with love in our hearts;
    We honour wind –
    and ask we sail though life safe
    and calm as in our father’s arms;
    We honour water –
    to clean and soothe our relationship –
    that it may never thirst for love;
    With all the forces of the universe you created,
    we pray for harmony and true happiness
    as we forever grow young together.

  • From Love

    by Leo Buscaglia

    “In discussing love, it would be well to consider the
    following premises:

    One cannot give what he does not possess.
    To give love you must possess love.

    One cannot teach what he does not understand.
    To teach love you must comprehend love.

    One cannot know what he does not study..
    To study love you must live in love.

    One cannot appreciate what he does not recognize.
    To recognize love you must be receptive to love.

    One cannot have doubt about that which he wishes to
    trust. To trust love you must be convinced of love.

    One cannot admit what he does not yield to.
    To yield to love you must be vulnerable to love.

    One cannot live what he does not dedicate himself to.
    To dedicate yourself to love you must be forever growing in

  • The Day of Your Wedding

    Author Unknown

    “Together you share the joy of a deep commitment
    and the sacred trust.
    You have given each other the most precious gift of love.
    Treasure it, nurture it, and encourage it
    with all the honesty you used in creating it.
    You are sharing something rare and beautiful.
    Always speak the truth, and listed attentively,
    so that you may understand each other’s thoughts
    and intentions.
    Inspire each other by sharing your accomplishments.
    Say “I love you” often to retain the warmth between you.
    Remember to laugh a lot, even when you’re angry
    After all, you’re each other’s best friend.
    Stand together and for each other always:
    be content in mind and spirit.
    Make each day a blessing
    and a fulfillment of your dreams.”

  • Your Love is Eternal

    Author Unknown

    (Note: This is also wonderful for people with children. There is a spot left blank for you to fill in how many children you might have)

    “Your love for each other is bright and full of life-
    Like a beacon in the darkest of nights-
    Always there to guide you never losing your way-
    Your love for each other is like a mountain,
    strong and never ending-
    Peaks and valleys intertwined as new beginnings-
    Your love for each other is like the warmth of a fire-
    Giving comfort on a cold night-
    Your love for each other has nurtured a garden
    bringing forth such beauty and fragrance-
    With ____ of the most beautiful flowers in center bloom-
    Your love for each other is like a gift-
    Picked out thoughtfully and given freely-
    Your love for each other is for a lifetime-
    Being true to oneself is to always be true to each other-
    Your love for each other is like no other-
    Your hopes and dreams belong to you-
    You will grow and learn with patience, respect and kindness-
    That what you share with each other today
    only gets better with time-
    Like the finest of wines
    or a beautiful painting with the most vibrant of colors-
    Your love is Eternal”

  • Namaste

    by Rajender Krishan

    This simple word
    uttered with a gesture of folded hands
    is among the finest salutations,
    mankind has ever been able to vocalize.
    It simply means:

    I honor the place in you
    In which the entire Universe dwells
    That place of Love and Light
    And of Truth and of Peace
    When you are in that place in you
    And I am in that place in me
    We are One.

  • Ithaka

    (translation/adaptation by Sarah Ban Breathnach)

    “Pray that your journey be long,
    full of many summer mornings
    when with much pleasure and much joy
    you anchor in harbors never seen before;
    Browse through Phoenician markets,
    to purchase exquisite treasures-
    mother-of-pearl and coral, ebony and amber
    and sensual perfumes of all kinds-
    as much as you desire.
    Visit many Egyptian cities, content
    to sit at the feet of sages, eager
    and open to receive learning.
    Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
    Your arrival there is your destiny.
    But do not hurry the journey at all; be patient.
    Better that it lasts for many years-
    longer than you can even imagine.
    So that finally, when you reach this
    sacred isle, you will be wise,
    abundantly fulfilled by all you have gained along the way;
    no longer expecting Ithaka to make you wealthy,
    no longer needing Ithaka to make you rich.

    Ithaka has given you the journey,
    the chance to discover who you have always been.
    Without Ithaka as your inspiration, you
    never would have set out in search of Wholeness.

    And should you find her poor, Ithaka did not deceive you.
    Authentic as you have become, full of wisdom,
    beauty and grace, enriched and enlightened by all you have experienced
    You will finally understand what all of life’s Ithakas truly mean.”

  • I Am Love

    Author Unknown

    “Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings.
    Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim.
    Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame.
    And though you cannot see me,
    I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces.
    I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes.
    I am hidden in the lines of your mother’s face.
    I am your father’s shield as he guards your home.
    And yet Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear.
    Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always.
    Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
    And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children.
    I am woven into the whispers of passion.
    I am in the blessings of Grandmothers.
    I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
    And yet Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed.
    Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them.
    Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul.
    And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind.
    I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night.
    I am the hug of a child.
    I am love….”

  • Two Happy Lovers…

    by Pablo Neruda

    “Two happy lovers make one bread,
    a single moon drop in the grass.
    Walking, they cast two shadows that flow together;
    waking, they leave one sun empty in their bed.
    Of all the possible truths, they chose the day;
    they held it, not with ropes but with an aroma.
    They did not shred the peace; they did not shatter words;
    their happiness is a transparent tower.
    The air and wine accompany the lovers.
    The night delights them with its joyous petals.
    They have a right to all the carnations.
    Two happy lovers, without an ending, with no death,
    they are born, they die, many times while they live:
    they have the eternal life of the Natural.”

  • Aztec Wedding Prayer

    “I know not whether thou has been absent:
    I lie down with thee, I rise up with thee,
    In my dreams thou art with me.
    When sweet sounds tremble in my ears,
    I know it is thou moving within my heart”

  • Looking For Your Face

    by The 13th century Sufi Poet, Jelaludden Rumi

    “From the beginning of my life I have been looking for your face, but today I have seen it. Today I have seen the charm, the beauty, the unfathomable grace of the face that I was looking for. Today I have found you, and those who laughed and scorned me yesterday are sorry that they were not looking as I did. I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty, and wish to see you with a hundred eyes. My heart has burned with passion and has searched forever for this wondrous beauty that I now behold. I am ashamed to call this love human, and afraid of God to call it divine. Your fragrant breath, like the morning breeze, has come to the stillness of the garden. You have breathed new life into me. I have become your sunshine, and also your shadow. My soul is screaming in ecstasy. Every fiber of my being is in love with you. Your effulgence has lit a fire in my heart, and you have made radiant for me the earth and sky. My arrow of love has arrived at the target. I am in the house of mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer.”

  • Commitment Poem of the Pueblo Indian

    author unknown

    “Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We
    did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, Yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?

    I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join myfreedom to yours. Our paths collided long enough for our indecision
    to be swallowed up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle.

    Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way – I loved you best of all.”

  • This Marriage

    Poem by Mawlawi Rumi

    “May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
    May it be sweet milk,
    this marriage, like wine and halvah.
    May this marriage offer fruit and shade
    like the date palm.
    May this marriage be full of laughter,
    every day a day in paradise.
    May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
    a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
    May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
    an omen as welcome
    as the moon in a clear blue sky.
    I am out of words to describe
    how spirit mingles in this marriage.”

  • Sonnet XVII

    By Pablo Neruda

    “I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close it is your eyes that close as I fall asleep.”

  • From “The Divine Comedy”

    by Dante Alighieri

    “The love of God, unutterable and perfect,
    Flows into a pure soul the way that light
    Rushes into a transparent object.

    The more love that it finds, the more it gives
    Itself; so that, as we grow clear and open,
    The more complete the joy of loving is.

    And the more souls who resonate together,
    The greater the intensity of their love,
    For, mirror-like, each soul reflects the others.”

  • Navajo Prayer

    “When you were children, you talked like children, But now that you’ve grown, you should be done with childish things and put them away. When you were children, you looked into a mirror that gave only a blurred reflection of reality. But with love and maturity, you shouldn’t be afraid to look into that mirror and see each other face to face. Be swift like the wind in loving each other. Be brave like the sea in loving each other. Be gentle like the breeze in loving each other. Be patient like the sun who waits and watches the four changes of the earth in loving each other. Be wise like the roaring of the thunder clouds and lightning in loving each other. Be shining like the morning dawn in loving each other. Be proud like the tree who stands without bending in loving each other. Be brilliant like the rainbow colors in loving each other. Now, forever, forever, there will be no more loneliness because your worlds are joined together with the world. Forever, forever.”

  • Thoughts In a Garden

    By R. Gerhardt

    This is a special place, a place where people have brought beautiful living plants, here to establish them, to nurture and care for them, that they may forever surround us with the beauty we now see. And into this place where we stand, you have brought something beautiful — the relationship that is becoming your marriage. Here you are declaring it and pledging it, promising to establish and nurture it.

    We are aware of the special beauty between the two of you, just as we are aware of the special beauty of this place. We are with you now in this appropriate place to celebrate your relationship as it is and as it is yet to be, and in doing so, we ask only that you remember how your life together will have the same seasons and needs as this garden.

    There will be growth like Spring and loss like Fall; there will be giving as the blossoming flower, and rest as the seed beneath the snow. All the seasons will be yours, but remember, too, that gardens are not just happenings. The more wonderful the garden, the more skilled the gardener.

    So you will have to care deeply for the life that is yours together, and nurture it. You will have to appreciate your differences and cultivate them. You will have to take care of yourself, if for no other reason than out of love for the other. And you will need the support of family and friends to reach full growth.

    As you caringly chose this place to declare your marriage, so remember its lessons for your life together through the seasons that are yours to share. And may those seasons bring you and yours joy and happiness.


    Love me because I try to touch life
    within the framework of uncertainty.
    Love in me the shadows of my indecision
    as I strive to gain knowledge.
    Love in me the silence of my hurts
    and the noise of my confusions.
    Love me for the feeling of my heart
    not the fears of my mind.
    Love me in my search for the truth
    though I may stumble upon fallacy.
    Love me as I pursue my dreams
    sometimes retarded by illusions.
    Love me as I grow to know myself
    even during the times of stagnation.
    Love me because I seek God’s harmony
    not man’s discord.
    Love me for my body that I wish to share
    with affection, wrapping you in warmth.
    Love me because we are different
    as we are the same.
    Love me that our time together will be spent
    in growing, kindling the world with understanding.
    Love me not with expectations
    but with hope.
    I will love you the same.

  • On Beauty

    by Kahlil Gibran

    Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?
    And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

    The aggrieved and the injured say, “Beauty is kind and gentle.
    Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.”
    And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.
    Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.”

    The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.
    Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.”
    But the restless say, “We have heard her shouting among the mountains,
    And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.”

    At night the watchmen of the city say, “Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.”
    And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say,
    “We have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.”

    In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.”
    And in the summer heat the reapers say,
    “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves,
    and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.”
    All these things have you said of beauty,
    Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,
    And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
    It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,
    But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

    It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,
    But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.
    It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,
    But rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

    People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
    But you are life and you are the veil.
    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
    But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

  • Possibilities

    by Darshana Suresh
    I want you to remember
    how old this world is.
    I want you to think of
    all the times you could
    have been born.
    In the caves.
    Moss and dirt and spears.
    Amidst the gods and the demigods.
    The time of planets rotating
    around the earth.
    During the building of the pyramids.
    Hidden passages and large sphinxes.
    A hundred other decades / a
    thousand other years / a
    million other moments.
    But despite everything, we
    were born at the same time.
    We exist now, together –
    in the same place,
    breathing the same air.
    This is a formal thank you
    to the universe for allowing
    your birth to be the biggest
    miracle of my life.
    For letting you and I
    walk this earth at the same time.
  • From “The Alchemist”

    By Paulo Coelho

    When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.

    Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city.

    And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”

  • Blessing of the Hands

    By Rev. Daniel L. Harris

    “These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children and help keep your family together as one. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”

  • When You Love Someone

    Thich Nhat Hanh offers this wisdom:

    When you love someone, you have to have trust and confidence. Love without trust is not yet love. Of course, first you have to have trust, respect, and confidence in yourself. Trust that you have a good and compassionate nature. You are part of the universe; you are made of stars. When you look at your loved one, you see that he is also made of stars and carries eternity inside. Looking in this way, we naturally feel reverence. True love cannot be without trust and respect for oneself and for the other person.

  • When you begin to touch your heart

    Pema Chödrön:

    “When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

  • Buddhist Prayer: “A Blessing for The Journey”

    by Sensei Wendy Egyoku Nakao

    “Let us vow to bear witness to the wholeness of life,
    realizing the completeness of each and every thing.
    Embracing our differences,
    I shall know myself as you,
    and you as myself.
    May we serve each other
    for all our days,
    here, there, and everywhere.
    Let us vow to open ourselves to the abundance of life.
    Freely giving and receiving, I shall care for you,
    for the trees and stars,
    as treasures of my very own.
    May we be grateful
    for all our days,
    here, there, and everywhere.
    Let us vow to forgive all hurt,
    caused by ourselves and others,
    and to never condone hurtful ways.
    Being responsible for my actions,
    I shall free myself and you.
    Will you free me, too?
    May we be kind
    for all our days,
    here, there, and everywhere.
    Let us vow to remember that all that appears will disappear.
    In the midst of uncertainty,
    I shall sow love.
    Here! Now! I call to you:
    Let us together live
    The Great Peace that we are.
    May we give no fear
    for all our days,
    here, there, and everywhere.”

  • Plant, So that your own heart will grow

    From Hafiz

    Plant, So that your own heart will grow.
    Love, so God will think, ‘Ahhhhhh, I got kin in that body!
    I should start inviting those souls over for coffee and rolls.’
    Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs.
    Laugh, because that is the purest sound.