Post # 1
I’m looking for some amazing wedding readings, both Christian and secular. Although, I should note that we’re getting married in a church, and we’re a pretty traditional couple, so we don’t want anything too offbeat. 😉
I’d love to hear your favorites, especially if they’re romantic/emotional/touching, or maybe even resulted in smiles or tears.
Post # 3
Ooh, I’d love to see some, too! C’mon bees 🙂
Post # 4
I like the book entitled “I Like You”, by Sandol Stottard. So lighthearted and fun!
You can find the whole text here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090118080829AA07dpT, but here’s an exerpt of my favorite lines:
“I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then…”
Post # 5
Also, I love Colossians 3:12-17:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Post # 6
We chose a couple of poems, since our ceremony was interfaith. Here was my favorite:
The Key To Love
The key to love is understanding…
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing…
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving…
without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect…
realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all…
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work… but the rewards are more than worth the effort…
and that is the key to love.
Post # 7
Here are two we are considering:
Excerpt from I love Sonnet XVII, by Pablo Neruda:
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Post # 8
@BrightYellowGaloshes: How fun! I’ve never read that! And what a great piece of scripture. Thank you!
@melisslp: That’s lovely! A poem is a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion!
I’d love to hear more! 🙂
Post # 9
@katsupgirl: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 is one of my favorites. Great choices!
We’re probably doing two or three readings.
Post # 10
@Gemstone: You’re very welcome! Here is the other one that we had read by my “second” mom:
Love, Joy, Understanding, Friendship, Courage…
In joining your lives may God grant you both…
Love… to afford each other a special quality of time together.
Joy…in the accomplishments of one another.
Understanding…that your interests and desires
will not always be the same.
Friendship…based on mutual trust.
Courage…to speak of a misunderstanding
and to work on a solution
before the setting of the sun.
Compassion…to comfort each other in pain and sorrow.
Foresight…to realize rainbows follow rainy days.
Imagination…to keep with you part of the child you used to be.
Mirth…from your sense of humor.
Awareness…to live each day with the knowledge
that there is no promise of tomorrow.
May God bless you and keep you
in the Palm of His hand.
Post # 11
From the book of Ruth 1:16-17
“Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Post # 12
Yay for great readings! : )
We’re starting our ceremony off with Psalm 100:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Post # 12
@lolo7835: That’s a good one! I’m going to add that to my list.
Here’s a funny one we might use since we are “dog people” who live in New York.
Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time?
No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Post # 14
@melisslp: Oooh, I love that one!
@lolo7835: Another great piece of scripture!
@katsupgirl: Oh my goodness. That is so cute. I love dogs and I love love. 🙂
Post # 15
@melisslp: I’m adding this one to my list too! Nice touch having a “mom” read it .