A week ago I officiated at a brief wedding, a legal event in advance of the wedding celebration of a couple who were raised — one in Conservative Judaism and one in Roman Catholicism. This is the prayer I prayed and a week later, I am thinking that there is a New Years, a Feast of Trumpets, kind of joy to it. Their love is a clear call …
God of Abraham and Sarah,
God of St. Francis and Mother Teresa,
God of bat mitzvah and baptism,
you erect no boundaries in love,
but honor the integrity of all
who promise faithfulness,
and mutual care for one another.
Embrace with tenderness
these your children.
Bless the exquisite joy
of this afternoon’s celebration,
and bless their ongoing years —
and the passion,
the deep experiences
and the gentle ordinariness
of daily living.
Give them appreciation
for the gifts all days bring,
hope in hard times,
wonder at new beginnings,
peace in the midst of challenge.
May they be wise and loving parents
of any children they may have,
treasure family and friends,
make a difference to the world,
and grow together in love.