Our one guarantee in life is that we'll have both good and bad times (and death and taxes, too). The beauty of a partnership is that someone is there to help you make it through it all, the highs and the lows. I love this excerpt by Rolfe Gerhardt because it takes a real look at like and creates a moving and pragmatic wedding reading that hits home for anyone.
Sure, it's a little darker than some readings, but you probably need some variety to give the commitment some heft and bring it back to reality from fantasy. But don't forget a little fantasy, too!
“Let this be a reminder that you are guaranteed by the seasons of nature a significant winter each year, and you are guaranteed by the whimsies of life more winters of the soul than you can now imagine. So I am bringing before you these words to ask you to remember the springtimes that should follow each winter, springtimes that are not always given to you but sometimes must be created by you even when it seems impossible.
Find the time to arise and come away with each other; be romantic; listen to the voices of birds that aren’t there; laugh and cry deeply; and be silly as a daisy in spite of the chill and dark times that must come into everyone’s life. That is the love I am wishing you. As much of any of us would wish otherwise, there must be winters in your life, so we pray for your springtimes as well.” – Rolfe Gerhardt
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