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Readings for Vow Renewals



I'D MARRY YOU AGAIN BY CARLA FLAMM

Do you know how much I love you

How much you mean to me

I can't imagine my life without you

My world would be empty

It seems like only yesterday

I first looked in your eyes

But the years have passed so quickly

Much to my surprise

The life we've made together

Our children and our home

The memories we have to cherish

How much our love has grown

Through the good times and the bad

You've been right by my side

You've made me smile,

made me laugh

And wiped my tears when I have cried

You are my husband,

my companion

My lover,

and my best friend

If I had the chance to do it over

I'd marry you again.



A MOMENT OF HAPPINESS BY RUMI

A moment of happiness,

you and I sitting on the verandah,

apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.

We feel the flowing water of life here,

you and I, with the garden’s beauty

and the birds singing.

The stars will be watching us,

and we will show them

what it is to be a thin crescent moon.

You and I unselfed, will be together,

indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.

The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar

as we laugh together, you and I.

In one form upon this earth,

and in another form in a timeless sweet land.


LOVE IS A TEMPORARY MADNESS BY LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES

Love is a temporary madness,

it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

And when it subsides you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together

that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness,

it is not excitement,

it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.

That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,

and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,

and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,

they find that they are one tree and not two.


Ann Morrow Lindbergh, from Gift from the Sea

When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of the tide of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide of life and resist in terrors it’s ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life, as in love, is growth… is fluidity… is freedom.


Love Effect by Theodore Parker

“It takes years to marry completely two hearts, even of the most loving and well-assorted. A happy wedlock is a long falling in love.


Men and women marry fractionally, now a small and then a larger fraction... Such a sweet fruit needs a long summer to ripen in and a long winter to season in.


But an enduring and honest marriage... is one of those things so handsome... that if the sun were, as the Greek poets fabled it, a god, he might stop the world to appreciate it."








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