Prayer (spoken or unspoken, but probably unspoken) before scripture in a wedding

God, I’ve read these words
so many times.
Most of them have nothing
to do with marriage
and I am fairly sure
the couple is not listening.

But now that I have whined …
let the power of these words soar –

into the ears
of an unchurched generation
who have never heard them,

into the hearts
of those who will recognize
they need them
for some non-matrimonial
crisis their lives,

into tender memories
of some for whom they were read
last year or many years ago —
whose lives have been
full of better and worse,
rich, poor, sickness and health,

into my hard head
to remind me to love every couple
willing to share such a
daring and oblivious,
sweet, sweaty, and complicated,
moment in their lives.

I pray for them —
may your word be written
on their hearts
like it is for all of us —
when we least realize it.

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3 Responses to Prayer (spoken or unspoken, but probably unspoken) before scripture in a wedding

  1. mbmankin says:

    I love the reminder that words said at a wedding are for those in attendance as much as for those being married. Thank you for these daily prayers. Nice photo, too!

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