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Wedding Poems

1. What is Love?
What is Love? No words can define it—
It’s something so great only God could design it.
It grows through the years in sunshine and rain.
In gladness and sadness, in pleasure and pain.
It’s ever enduring and patient and kind—
It judges all things with the heart not the mind.
And love can transform the most commonplace
Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace.

For love is unselfish, giving more than it takes.
And no matter what happens, love never forsakes.
It’s faithful and trusting and always believing.
Guileless and honest and never deceiving.
Yes, love is beyond what we can define.
For love is immortal, and God’s gift is divine.

Helen Steiner Rice

2. Dove Poem

Two doves meeting in the sky
Two loves hand in hand eye to eye
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul

Two stars shining big and bright
Two fires bringing warmth and light
Two songs play in perfect tune
Two flowers growing into bloom

Two Doves gliding in the air
Two loves free without a care
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul

Author unknown

3. On Marriage

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
And, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let is 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.

From the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


4. Real Love

For it is in loving, as well as in being loved, that we become most truly ourselves. No matter what we do, say, accomplish, or become, it is our capacity to love that ultimately defines us. In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.

Daphne Rose Kingma


5. Love

A star is shining in my heart,
My dreams have wings that touch the sky,
I’d marry you a thousand times—
I’ll love you till the day I die.

Marion Schoeberlein


6. The Promise

Within this blessed union of souls
Where two hearts intertwine to become one,
There lies a promise.
Perfectly born, divinely created, and intimately shared,
It is a place where the hope and majesty of beginnings reside.
Where all things are made possible
By the astounding love shared by two spirits.

As you hold each other’s hands in this promise,
And eagerly look to the future in each other’s eyes,
May your unconditional love and devotion
Take you to places, of which you’ve both only dreamed,
Where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness
Sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.

Heather Berry

7. Love

I love you, Not only for what you are,
But for what I am When I am with you.

I love you, Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what You are making of me.

I love you For the part of me that you bring out;
I love you For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help

Dimly seeing there, And for drawing out Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else looked quite far enough to find.

I love you because you are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple;
Out of the works of my every day not a reproach
But a song.

I love you because you have done
More than any creed could have done To make me good,
And more than any fate could have done to make me happy.

You have done it Without a touch,
Without a word, Without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.

Roy Croft
(1907-1973)

8. Comfort

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe
With a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor
Measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as
They are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful
Hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping,
And then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-1887)

9. Cherish Every Moment

Today is the beginning of a dream.
A day where two souls are woven together.
Cherish every moment that life offers.
And celebrate every small pleasure.

Express your love at every chance,
And allow it to unfold gracefully.
Show your devotion and dedicate your lives
To the enrichment of each other.

Strive always for honesty and integrity.
Build upon your marriage daily.
And seek to understand each other.
But above all this…
Draw upon the love you feel today
And forever etch it in your hearts.
Leslie A Neilson

10. On Your Wedding Day

On Your Wedding Day
In a perfect world
I would wish you a marriage
Like two mountains embracing,
Sharing the same foundation,
Lush growth intertwining wildly,
Seeds from each mountain
Germinated by the other.
In a perfect world there would be no one
Needing to blast a tunnel between you
So that a road might run through.
In a perfect world, I would wish you a marriage
Like two sea currents, parallel, yet weaving through
One another, creating whirlpools in your wake;
By your very natures immutable, enhancing
One another and letting go, empowering
Each other to be free within your union.
In a perfect world there would be no
Boulders to encircle, pulling you away, no sudden
Promontories to crash against in confusion.
But we know, this is not a perfect world.
It has to be enough that you have found one another
To share your life’s journey, enough
To cherish each other at day’s end.
So I choose to wish for you, that,
In this imperfect world, you will always have enough:
Both enough contentment and enough challenge
To hold you satisfied; enough strength to keep from
Clutching too hard so you never break the bond;
As solid as the mountains in endurance, growing together;
Enough peace to balance the heartache, the sorrow
And I wish you such joy, playful,
Limitless like the sea, replenishing
As you wind your lives around one another’s.
Love is the miracle that chose the two of you;
Remember, you two are the miracle
That will keep it always dancing.
Nita Penfold

11. Love is

Love is
Being happy for the other person
When they are happy
Being sad for the other person when they are sad
Being together in good times
And being together in bad times
Love is the source of strength.

Love is
Being honest with yourself at all times
Being honest with the other person at all time
Telling, listening, respecting the truth
And never pretending
Love is the source of reality

Love is
An understanding that is so complete that
You feel as if you area part of the other person
Accepting the other person just the way they are
And not trying to change them to be something else
Love is the source of unity

Love is the freedom to pursue your own desires
While sharing your experience with the other person
The growth of one individual alongside of
And together with the growth of another individual
Love is the source of success

Love is
The excitement of planning things together
The excitement of doing things together
Love is the source of the future

Love is
The fury of the storm
The calm of the rainbow
Love is the source of passion

Love is
Giving and taking in a daily situation
Being patient with each other’s needs and desires
Love is the source of sharing

Love is knowing that the other person will always
Be with you regardless of what happens, missing the other person
When they are away but remaining near in heart al all times
Love is the source of security.
Love is the source of life.

Susan Polis Schutz

12. The Key to Love

The key to love is understanding...
as it is the little things that say so much
by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness....
to accept each other’s faults and
pardon mistakes,
The key to love is sharing...
Sharing and facing your good fortunes as well
as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching
for ways to intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving...
Giving without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect...
Respect realizing that you are two
separate people, with different ideas;
that you don't belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a
mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all...
It takes time and patience to unlock all
the ingredients that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands
a lot of work ...
but the rewards are more than worth the effort...
and that is the key to love.

Author unknown

12 A. THE KEY TO LOVE

The key to love is understanding…..
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word
But those unspoken gestures
The little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness…..
To accept each others faults and pardon mistakes
Without forgetting, but with remembering
What you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing…..
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together
Both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
To intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving…..
Without thought of return
But with the hope of just a simple smile
And by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect…..
Realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas
That you don’t belong to each other
That you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all…..
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
That will take you to its threshold
It is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work…..
But the rewards are more than worth the effort…..
And that is the key to love.

Author Unknown

13. Apache Wedding Prayer-(Short-version)

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 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.

13A. Apache Wedding Prayer-(Complete version)
" 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.
All the days of your life may you walk gently
Through the world and know its beauty.
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be the shelter to the other

Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be the warmth to the other,
Now there is no loneliness for you,
Now you are two persons,
But there are three lives before you.
His life, her life, and your life together.

May beauty surround you both
In the journey ahead and through the long years.
May happiness be your companion
To the place where the river meets the sun.
Go now to your dwelling place
To enter into the days of your togetherness,
And may your days be good and long upon this earth.”

14. Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st.
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
---So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
---So long lives this, and this gives life

15. Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever fixe’d mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring barque,
Whose worth’s unknown although his height be taken.
Love’s not time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
--If this be error and upon me proved,
--I never writ, nor no man ever loved

16. Corinthians 1:1-13
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

17. What is Love?

Love is the way that our lives intertwine,
Love is the feeling of your hand in mine,
Love is each look and each meaningful touch—
The unspoken language that tells us so much…
Love is the laughter and joy that we share,
But most of all, Love is just knowing you’re there.

From the writings of Emily Matthews

18. .Blessing For a Marriage

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.

James Dillet Freeman

#19 The Art of Marriage by Wilfred A. Peterson
The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
It should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other,
Not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
But the spirit of joy.

It is speaking works of appreciation and demonstrating
Gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have
Wings of an angel.
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 the independence is equal,
Dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

#20. Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever,
With a sweet emotion;
Noting in the world is single’
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle;--
Why not I with thine?

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822


* 21. Ephesians 5:22-31 (King James Version)
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

22. The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle
Ultimately there comes a time when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling.

23. The Invitation by,Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
"Yes."

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

25. Roman’s 12:9-18
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

26. Irish Wedding Blessing:
“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon the fields. May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, A twinkle from your eye. And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love, May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days. May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands. And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts. Amen.”

27. Irish Wedding Blessing #2
An Irish Wedding Blessing
You are the star of each night,
You are the brightness of every morning,
You are the story of each guest,
You are the report of every land.
No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,
In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,
Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.
You are the kernel of my heart,
You are the face of my sun,
You are the harp of my music,
You are the crown of my company

28. Wedding Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
For the love that unites us,
For the peace accorded us this day,
For the hope with which we expect the morrow,
For the health, the work, the food,
And the bright skies that make our lives delightful,
For our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.

29. TRUE LOVE –author unknown
True Love is a sacred flame, that burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow, or change its destiny.
True Love speaks in tender tones, and hears with gentle ear,
True Love gives with open heart, and true Love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands, it neither rules nor binds,
And True Love holds with gentle hands, and the hearts that it entwines.

30. Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

31. Reading from "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

32. Love by Savannah Elizabeth Ann Johnson (10 years old when she wrote this to her Mother.)

Every morning you open your eyes
and ask yourself, “will this day be a miracle?“
Or maybe you ask, “will it change my life?”
Well, on this very special day
some kind of voice started to call,
it opened the dove’s eyes,
it made the butterflies whisper,
it made the bees buzz,
it made the flowers blossom,
it helped the injured heal,
just like people, these creatures gathered
to share this very special thing;
called Love!

33. Sentiments from the poet George Eliot.

“What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, 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?”

34. "Love me without fear. Trust me without questioning. Need me without demanding. Want me without restrictions. Accept me without change. Desire me without inhibitions. For a love so free… Will never fly away." Author--Dick Sutphen
35. I Carry Your Heart by E.E. Cummings
I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it.
Anywhere I go, you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me
is your doing, my darling.
I fear no fate for you are my fate; my sweet

I want no world for beautiful you are my world, my true;
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart; I carry it in my heart.


36. To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh
To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one's self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one's self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another--and to one's inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon's own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child's scars
Or an adult's deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are--and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

37. From “The Couple’s Tao Te Ching: “A Sacred Space”, from the sixth century B.C.:

Your love requires space in which to grow.
This space must be safe enough
to allow your hearts to be revealed.
It must offer refreshment for your spirits
and renewal for your minds.
It must be a space made sacred
by the quality of your honesty,
attention, love, and compassion.
It may be anywhere,
Inside or out,
but it must exist.

38. From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis DeBernieres

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes
and then subsides. And when it subsides you have
to make a decision. You have to work out whether your
roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable
that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathless, it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and that is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly
love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the
pretty blossoms have fallen from the branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

39. I promise—author Unkown

I Promise you

I can’t promise you that dark clouds
will never hover over our lives,
Or that the future will ring us many rainbows.
I can’t promise you that tomorrow will be perfect
or that life will be easy.

I can promise you my everlasting devotion,
my loyalty, my respect,
And my unconditional love for a lifetime.
I can promise that I’ll always be here for you,
to listen and to hold your hand.

And I will always do my best to make you happy,
and make you feel loved.
I can promise that I will see you through any crisis,
And pray with you, dream with you build with you,
and always cheer you on and encourage you.

I can promise that I will willingly be your protector,
Your advisor, your counselor, your friend, your family,
Your everything, I Promise you.

40. Military Wives Prayer

At night when I crawl into bed,
My lonely pillow 'neath my head,
I close my eyes and say a prayer.
"God keep him safe way over there,
And make me strong so I won't cry.

It's kinda hard to be alone and
teach the kids when they're half grown,
without the strength of a father's hand
to guide them in this troubled land.

So I'll need a little help from you,
to let me know what I should do.
And God please will you let him know,
How much we love and miss him so.

And then I feel across the bed,
To where he used to lay his head,
and I close my eyes so very tight,
so I won't cry again tonight,
and whisper to the evening air,
"Good night my darling way over there."


41. Military Spouse Prayer
Eternal God,
We thank you for the significant relationships that are such an important
part of life, especially those we share within our own families. Help us to
strengthen these relationships by our sensitivity to each other and by our
willingness to practice patience, understanding, and forgiveness within our
homes.

Give us the strength to face the daily challenges and sacrifices that are
part of the life style we experience within the military community. May we
develop a balanced outlook on life and a deep commitment to each other,
though the encouraging touch, the understanding smile, and the many small
acts of kindness.

May we give generously of ourselves to the noble causes that are so
important to our world, our nations, and our communities. Enable us to
become totally dedicated to the sanctity of marriage and the health of our
families, which serve as the foundation of society.

We offer this prayer in gratitude for all the blessings of the past and
with hope in that which awaits us in the future. In your name we pray, Amen.
42. Lord's Prayer for the Military Wife
Lord, Grant me the greatness of heart to see,
the difference in duty and his love for me.
Give me the understanding to know,
That when duty calls he must go.
Give me a task to do each day,
to fill the time when he is away,
And Lord, when duty is in the field,
Please protect him and be his shield
43. The Lord's Prayer (modern)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and forever. Amen
(New English version - adopted by the Church of England in 1977)
44. Sonnet XVII" by Pablo Neruda

I don't love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving

but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.

45. We’re all a little Weird by Dr. Seuss
We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird.
And when we find someone whose weirdness compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness
and call it Love.
46. The One (Author unknown)
When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one who holds your heart,
When the one whose eyes you gaze into
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight
And the things you plan together
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in
Puts their faith and trust in you,
You’ve found the one and only love
You’ll share your whole life through.


47. MY LOVE ~ Linda Lee Elrod ~

When I met you, I had no idea
how much my life
was about to be changed...
but then, how could I have known?

A love like ours happens
once in a lifetime.
You were a miracle to me,
the one who was everything
I had ever dreamed of,
the one I thought existed
only in my imagination.

And when you came into my life,
I realized that what I
had always thought
was happiness
couldn't compare to the joy
loving you brought me.

You are a part of everything
I think and do and feel,
and with you by my side,
I believe that anything is possible.
(this day) gives me a chance
to thank you for the miracle of you...
you are, and always will be,
the love of my life.

48. Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

49. Irish poem:

May the meaning of this hour be fulfilled through the days
and years to come.
May the love of this man and this woman,
their unity of spirit, grow deeper and stronger in the
uncertainties and changes of life they will share.
Loving each other, may they love all persons.
Trusting each other, may they learn to trust life.

May their love reach out to the love of all,
that their lives may bless all whose lives they touch.
May they find comfort together in shared hours
of shadow, as well as in the bright sunshine of joy.
May they be to each other both strong and gentle.
May all who follow their lives with interest and affection
have cause to rejoice not alone in their happiness,
but in their brave and generous living which
makes life beautiful and significant.

50. From Christian Marriage: "Being in Love"
If the old fairy-tale ending "and they lived happily ever after…." is taken to mean "They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married," then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were.

Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, and your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be "in love" need not mean ceasing to love.

Love in this second sense-love as distinct from "being in love" and it is not merely a feeling. Love is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

They can retain this love even when each could easily allow themselves to be "in love" with someone else. "Being in love" first moved them to promise fidelity but this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.

51. What Greater Thing
What greater thing is there for two human souls,
than to feel that they are joined for life-
to strengthen each other in all labor,
to rest on each other in all sorrow,
to minister to each other in all pain,
to be one with each other

in silent unspeakable memories ...
George Eliot (1819-1880)
52. Wedding Reading: by Bob Marley

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you.

When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around.

You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you.

You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”


53. Quotes from Rumi:
Something opens our wings, Something
makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.
Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

54. Foundations of Marriage

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 everything.
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 independent and completely themselves, 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.

55. My Love by Linda Lee Elrod

When I met you, I had no idea how much my life was about to be changed...but then, how could I have known?
A love like ours happens once in a lifetime.
You were a miracle to me, the one who was everything I had ever dreamed of, the one I thought existed only in my imagination.
And when you came into my life, I realized that what I had always thought was happiness couldn't compare to the joy loving you brought me.
You are a part of everything I think and do and feel, and with you by my side, I believe that anything is possible.(this day) gives me a chance to thank you for the miracle of you...
you are, and always will be, the love of my life.

56. True Love
True love does not happen by accident!
It requires two people deciding to join
their hearts and lives together and
become each other’s everything.
The result is a bond that cannot be broken,
And a love whose strength surpasses all
Common sense and sensibility.

57. Hawaiian Wedding Blessing

May your marriage be blessed
With all things good
May your joys together, like the stars at night
Be too numerous to count
May your love for each other be more abundant
Than all the grains of sand
On all the beaches,
On all the oceans,
In all the world.
May lack and struggle only serve to make you stronger,

And may harmony, forgiveness, and trust
Be the foundation upon which your live is built.
And when there is only darkness and doubt,
And the storms of life are closing in on you,
May you take each other’s hand
And allow the light of hope to guide you safely home.
When you are tempted to judge each other,
May you be reminded that you are one,
And when you cannot share your love fully because of fear,
May you remember that love flows best when it flows freely.

May you always feel cherished and protected,
Cradled within each other’s hearts,
May you be blessed from this day forward,
With a more abundant love that the day before,
And may others be blessed by you.
This is my heartfelt wish for you,
May you be blessed,
May your marriage be blessed
Amen

58. 1 John 4: 16-19

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because our fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.

59. Being in Love with you—Author unknown


Being in love with you means being amazed by your kindness, spirit and strength.
Being in love with you means being proud of your beliefs, words and actions.
Being in love with you means being free to trust, share and confide in you.
But most of all, being in love with you means being happy just being together, in love forever.


60. Lyrics from Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind"

"We said we'd walk together, come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we're walking a hand should slip free
I'll wait for you,
And should I fall behind
Wait for me

We swore we'd travel, side by side
We'd help each other stay in stride
But each lover's steps fall so differently
But I'll wait for you,
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me







Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let's make our steps clear that the other may see
And I'll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me

Now there's a beautiful river in the valley a head
There 'neath the oak's bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I'll wait for you;
And should I fall behind-
~Wait for me"~


61. reading from "Chaos of the Stars" by Kiersten White

"I didn't fall in love with you.
I walked into love with you,
With my eyes wide open,
Choosing to take
every step along the way.
I do believe in fate and destiny,
but I also believe
we are only fated
to do the things
that we'd choose anyway.
And I'd choose you;
in a hundred lifetimes,
in a hundred worlds,
In any version of reality,
I'd find you
and choose you. "

62. ON LOVE ~ By Thomas Kempis ~
Love is a mighty power,
a great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders
all bitterness sweet and acceptable.

Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing stronger,
Nothing higher,
Nothing wider,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.

Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
attempts things beyond its strength.

Love sees nothing as impossible,
for it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.

Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle
63. 1 John 4:9-12
God’s Love and Ours
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.

64. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.