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,
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."