I had the honor of going to my dear friend Lyndsey’s wedding this past weekend. She had a completely unconventional, carnival-themed outdoor wedding. Adding to the uniqueness was the format of her ceremony, which was composed of several readings. One in particular got to me (I rarely make it through a wedding dry-eyed). I thought the words were so beautiful I’d share them on here.
Marriage is a promise of Love | By: Edmund O’Neill
Marriage is a commitment to life – to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth no other human relationship can equal, a physical and 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, confident, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. 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 love through the seasons of life.
When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to 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, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.
Since I generally share photos on Wednesday, I leave you with a fun collage I made composed of both of my sets of grandparents’ weddings and of course, in the center, my own.
Ain’t love grand?! What are your favorite reasons for being married?