The Language of Marriage


The Promises of Marriage-Bettie Meeks:
Marriage is a promise of companionship, of having someone to share all of life's experiences.
Marriage does not promise that there will not be any rough times, just the assurance that there will always be someone who cares and will help you through to better times.
Marriage does not promise eternal romance, just eternal love and commitment.
Marriage can't prevent disappointments, disillusionment, or grief, but it can offer hope, acceptance, and comfort.
Marriage can't protect you from being individual choices or shelter you from the world, but it will help to reassure you that there is someone by your side who truly cares.
When the world hurts you and makes you feel vulnerable, marriage offers the promise that there will be someone waiting to listen, to console, to inspire.
Marriage is the joining of two people who share the promise that only marriage can make-to share the sunshine and the shadows, and to experience a richer, more fulfilling life because of it.


At Nightfall-Charles Hanson Towne:
I need so much the quiet of your love after the day' loud strife;
I need your calm all other things above after the stress of life.
I crave the haven that in your dear heart lies, after all toil is done;
I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes, after the day's great sun.


American Indian Prayer:
Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to one another.
Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now you will feel no loneliness for each of you will be companionship to the other.
Now you are two persons but there is only one life between you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together.


1 Corinthians 13.4-7 (NRSV):
Love is patient; love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
{This was read at our wedding ceremony}.

-All of the above collections have been taken from The Language of Marriage, a collection from Blue Mountain Arts.

xoxo,
Kelster Jean

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