Steve and Cokie Roberts, From This Day Forward:
Marriage is serious business and hard work. It’s not just about becoming roommates, it’s about becoming soul mates. It’s not signing a license, it’s sharing a life…
The words in the marriage ceremony ‘from this day forward’ are scary. At the moment a couple exchanges those vows, they can never know what they really mean, what hills and valleys stretch out in front of them in the years ahead.
But if you take the words seriously, there’s no going back. There’s only the future, unlimited and unknowable, and the promise to make the journey together.
Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet:
It is… good to love, because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being, that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation….
Loving does not mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person… it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.
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 as in today, tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children, 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.
Eero Saarinen, architect:
The more one digs the foundations, the more and more one finds the solidest of granit for you and I to build a life together upon.
Broken Arrow (1950 Film):
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 loneliness for you; now there will be no more loneliness.
Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, and enter into your days together.
May happiness be your companion and may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Robert Hardy, Falling:
You already know about love. You fall in love. Falling is easy.
Maybe you don’t see it coming. Maybe you brace yourself against the wind in the door, see the earth circling below and jump.
Falling is easy. It feels like flight. You feel your kinship with clouds, with light, stuff of stars, atoms that float and fall, meteors, stars that still glow with the start of everything.
You raise your arms like wings. You feel the earth expanding. Don’t look down. Reach for the cord.
Falling is easy. But is this love or gravity? Pull the cord. Yes — love blossoms from the weight you carry, the question, the tug at your heart.
The parachute pops like a cork. Now you float in the arms of the atmosphere, milkweed floss, dandelion seed, no longer afraid to take root in the earth, but still floating awhile, ecstasy & trust.
Your high-altitude heart settling back into a steadier beat, the tilt of the earth, seasons & days. But here you are floating — buoyed by invitations and arrangements. Now you look down.
The ground looms like a date, circled for landing. The fields look like RSVPs. Your feet touch. The parachute falls around you like a wedding dress. You’ve landed together. Dance while the earth steadies beneath your feet. Hold each other up.
Now you will walk together in ordinary days. Your parachute may become a maternity dress, a mortgage, a tissue for your tears. It may be divided into diapers, water-proof sheets, a layette, stories to tell your grandchildren.
Days may come when you forget how it felt to float. But still this moment of landing lives inside you, when the touch of the ground felt like a vow — I will always be there. I will catch you if you fall.
There are my absolute favourites. The last one always makes me cry… You can use them as your readings, incorporate them into your vows, or just take the time to think about what you are promising to each other.
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