(Closed) Unusual readings?

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Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What Greater Thing By George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life- to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories …

The Art of Marriage By Wilferd A. Peterson

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 ones. 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. 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 cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. 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.

Post # 5
22 posts

My husband and I included "Blessing of the Hands" into our ceremony.  If you do a google search you will find many variations. It is a beautiful addition to any ceremony!  Good luck!

Jennifer Melnick Carota


Post # 6
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We’re doing the Art of Marriage too! We are having my FIs uncle do the reading because he has been married for 50 yrs.

Our second reading is:

<span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>Rocks<span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>A professor once stood before his class and took a large jar and began to fill it with rocks about 2” in diameter. He asked the class if the jar was full to which they replied, that it was. He then took some pebbles and proceeded to pour them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed.  The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled everything else. “Now, said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things- your family, your partner, your health anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.  <span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. <span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>The sand is everything else. The small stuff, if you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles, and the rocks. <span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have any room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Listen to each other. Have fun laugh with and at each other. Take time to go get medical checkups. There will always be time for work, clean the house, give a dinner party and mow the lawn”.  <p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt 36pt”><span style=”font-size: 10pt; color: black; font-family: Arial”>Take care of the Rocks first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.    

Post # 7
7 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

We are using an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit:

"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 all 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."

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