Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?
There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).
Here’s this weeks suggestions:
Why Marriage, by Dena Acolatse
BECAUSE TO THE DEPTHS OF ME, I LONG TO LOVE ONE PERSON,
WITH ALL MY HEART, MY SOUL, MY MIND, MY BODY…
BECAUSE I NEED A FOREVER FRIEND TO TRUST WITH THE INTIMACIES OF ME,
WHO WON’T HOLD THEM AGAINST ME,
WHO LOVES ME WHEN I’M UNLIKABLE,
WHO SEES THE SMALL CHILD IN ME, AND
WHO LOOKS FOR THE DIVINE POTENTIAL OF ME…
BECAUSE I NEED TO CUDDLE IN THE WARMTH OF THE NIGHT
WITH SOMEONE WHO THANKS GOD FOR ME,
WITH SOMEONE I FEEL BLESSED TO HOLD…
BECAUSE MARRIAGE MEANS OPPORTUNITY
TO GROW IN LOVE, IN FRIENDSHIP…
BECAUSE MARRIAGE IS A DISCIPLINE
TO BE ADDED TO A LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS…
BECAUSE MARRIAGES DO NOT FAIL, PEOPLE FAIL
WHEN THEY ENTER INTO MARRIAGE
EXPECTING ANOTHER TO MAKE THEM WHOLE…
BECAUSE, KNOWING THIS,
I PROMISE MYSELF TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY
FOR MY SPIRITUAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WHOLENESS
I CREATE ME,
I TAKE HALF OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY MARRIAGE
TOGETHER WE CREATE OUR MARRIAGE…
BECAUSE WITH THIS UNDERSTANDING
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LIMITLESS.
All I really need to know I learnt in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum
All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned…
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad. Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.
Take a nap every afternoon.
Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.