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Sample Readings

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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 other’s 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.

TODAY IS THE DAY

Today is a day you will always remember

The greatest in anyone’s life

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

And end it as Husband and Wife

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

With moments to cherish and treasure

And although there’ll be times when you both disagree

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

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

When the secrets of marriage were spoken

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends

It’s the dawn of a new life for you

As you stand there together with love in your eyes

From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

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

May success find its way to your hearts

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys

But today is the day it all starts

ALL I WANT - BY, RENÉE DUVALL

All I want is to love you for the rest of my life. To wake up every morning with you by my side, knowing that no matter what happens, I'll be able to come home to your loving arms. All I want is to share everything with you. To talk to you about our ideas, our dreams, the little everyday things that make us laugh and the not-so-little things that we can't help worrying about. All I want is to give you my love - as a place you can always come to for acceptance or the simple comfort that silence brings when things left unspoken can still be understood. All I want is to grow old with you. To watch our life unfold, our dreams, one by one, come true. All I want is to love you forever.

THE ART OF MARRIAGE

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created.

In the art of marriage:

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 your years together.

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 in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words 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 –and respect one another.

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.


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 up 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. 

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AN EVERLASTING LIFETIME LOVE - LINDA LEE ELROD

People talk about love all the time,

but most people seldom, if ever,

get to experience the closeness

that you and I share everyday of our lives.

When you and I fell in love,

there was a lot more to it than just hearts and flowers.

And it wasn't long before we knew

that this was no ordinary love.

What we felt for each other was stronger and deeper

and more important than anything we had ever known before.

And now I can honestly say that you are a part of me,

just as I am a part of you.

This is the love that songs and books are written about

 - an everlasting lifetime love, and it's ours to enjoy forever.


EXCERPT FROM THE VELVETEEN RABBIT - 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."

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.

I LOVE YOU BY ROY CROFT

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

had 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.

APACHE MARRIAGE BLESSING

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other.

Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. 

Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. 

And may your days 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, difficulty 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 storm 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 takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, 

it will be marked by abundance and delight.

Some Biblical Readings

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1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


A reading from the Book of Genesis 2:18-24

The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.

I will make a suitable partner for him.”

So the Lord God formed out of the ground

various wild animals and various birds of the air,

and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;

whatever the man called each of them would be its name.

The man gave names to all the cattle,

all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;

but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man,

and while he was asleep,

he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib

that he had taken from the man.

When he brought her to the man, the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

This one shall be called ‘woman,’

for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother

and clings to his wife,

and the two of them become one body.

A reading from the Book of Genesis 1:26-28, 31a

Then God said:

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

the birds of the air, and the cattle,

and over all the wild animals

and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

God created man in his image;

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

God blessed them, saying:

“Be fertile and multiply;

fill the earth and subdue it.

Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,

and all the living things that move on the earth.”

God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.


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