- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
My fiancé and I aren’t terribly religious – he was raised religuously and has moved away from it as he’s gotten older and I was raised in a rarely-religious home. We are getting married in a church (one of the requests from his parents) and are trying to put together our ceremony readings for our readers and the program.
This is where you all come in. The pastor gave us a list of readings that people normally used from the bible, but we also wanted to entertain readings of a non-religious nature.
So my question to you all – what readings did you all include / are planning to include in your ceremony? Do you have any suggestions of books or passages that might be interesting?
Here is one that I found that we’ve added to the ‘maybe’ list:
“Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart, and I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.
Show me how you take care of business without letting business determine who you are. When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us, shout that soul’s desires have too high a price, let us remind each other that it is never about the money.
Show me how you offer to your people and the world the stories and the songs you want our children’s children to remember, and I will show you how I struggle, not to change the world, but to love it.
Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude, knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging. Dance with me in the silence and the sound of small daily words, holding neither against me at the end of the day.
And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest intentions has died away on the wind, dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale of breath that is breathing us all into being, not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.”