S: Wedding Wishes for Emily
FC: Wedding Wishes for Emily
1: Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in his Name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Prayer for the Blessing of the Marriage, from the Book of Common Prayer
2: “ Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine De Saint Exupery | : Psalm 51: 17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
3: Marriage will offer you many opportunities for repentance and brokenness. This defines a disciple more than anything and will be essential in creating a home where Jesus is welcome. I remember Rob telling me about you; “I am dating up.”, he said. After I spent some time with you, I jokingly told him I concurred. Your and Rob’s story inspires and encourages. As God continues to write this story, I pray the faith and love you two share will have a ripple effect on those who cross your path. Love, Peace and Flower Power, Becky Makla
4: My be | My beloved spoke and said to me: "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!" Song of Songs 2:10-13
5: Wedding Poem For Schele and Phil by: Bill Holm (as read on the Writer's Almanac) A marriage is risky business these days Says some old and prudent voice inside. We don't need twenty children anymore To keep the family line alive, Or gather up the hay before the rain. No law demands respectability. Love can arrive without certificate or cash. History and experience both make clear That men and women do not hear The music of the world in the same key, Rather rolling dissonances doomed to clash. So what is left to justify a marriage? Maybe only the hunch that half the world Will ever be present in any room With just a single pair of eyes to see it. Whatever is invisible to one Is to the other an enormous golden lion Calm and sleeping in the easy chair. After many years, if things go right Both lion and emptiness are always there; The one never true without the other. But the dark secret of the ones long married, A pleasure never mentioned to the young, Is the sweet heat made from two bodies in a bed Curled together on a winter night, The smell of the other always in the quilt, The hand set quietly on the other's flank That carries news from another world Light-years away from the one inside That you always thought you inhabited alone. The heat in that hand could melt a stone.
6: Let me give you my hand; May it ever be there for you. Let me give you my shoulder; May it always comfort you. Let me give you my arms; May they only hold you. Let me give you my heart; May it only love you. Anonymous
7: Congrats and best wishes, Maryville Scholar. Love, LeeAnn
8: Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained. C.S. Lewis
9: If thou must love me, let it be for nought. Except for love's sake only. Do not say, "I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"— For these things in themselves, Beloved, may Be changed, or change for thee—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry: A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lost thy love thereby! But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet 14, from Sonnets from the Portuguese
10: I beg would-be missionaries to remember that though you give your bodies to be burned, and have not love, it profits nothing-- nothing! You can take nothing greater to the unchurched world than the marks and reflection of the love of God on your own character. That is the universal language. It will take you years to speak Chinese, or the dialects of India. From the day you land, however, that language of love, understood by all, will be pouring forth its unconscious eloquence. Henry Drummond
11: The summer before my college freshman year you visited my country | You gave me my first bible, it was camouflage! And studied it with me. | You prayed for me. I thought it was the strangest thing. | Prayer list Pray for ... Pray for .... Pray for ..... Pray for Zeineb Pray for.... | You have blessed me sooooo much, I hope you are blessed in your future as much as you blessed all the people around you. Congratulations! | "I used to be blind, but now I can see."
12: Love is patient | Love is kind | It does not envy, it does not boast | It is not proud | It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, is is not easily angered | It keeps no record of wrongs
13: does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. | It always protects | always trusts | always hopes | Love never fails. | always perseveres | 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
14: Camping Adventures | Clownin' 'round | To my dear friend Emily on the occasion of her wedding: I have cherished your friendship over the years and across the country. May God Bless you on this newest adventure. Love, Lil' Mel
15: My Favorite Banana Bread | Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups mashed banana, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda | 1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 9x5 pan. 2. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, then bananas. Add flour and soda stirring until combined. 3. Pour in pan and bake for about 1 hour. | by: Lil' Mel | Do everything in love. | I Corinthians 16:14
16: We feasted on love; every mode of it, solemn and merry, romantic and realistic, sometimes as dramatic as a thunderstorm, sometimes comfortable and unemphatic as putting on your slippers. C.S. Lewis, remembering Joy Davidson
17: There is a strong wall about me to protect me; It is built of the words you have said to me. There are swords about me to keep me safe: They are the kisses of your lips. Before me goes a shield to guard me from harm: It is the shadow of your arms between me and danger. All the wishes of my mind know your name, All the white desires of my heart They are acquainted with you. The cry of my body for completeness, That is a cry to you. My blood beats out your name to me, unceasing, pitiless Your name, your name. Mary Carolyn Davies
18: This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us...
19: Empress! On this lovely occasion of being wedded (I love that word, wedded. Teehee), I am so grateful for your goofy presence and love in my life! Excited that the goofyness will continue in your wedded life. (Didn't I tell you I liked words ending in 'ed'?) So, in my excitement, I tried to write you a poem – but I'm more of a math person. So here's my best attempt. ::) Empress M I Love You! Yours truly, DQ.
20: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised. Song of Songs 8:6-7
21: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight. For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnet 43, Sonnets from the Portuguese
22: Darling, you want to know what I want of you. Many things of course, but chiefly these. I want you to keep this thing we have inviolate and waiting--the person who is neither I nor you but us. John Steinbeck, to his wife
23: "Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day...Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away." I am so glad you found your true love and thrilled to be able to share in your joy. Maggie
24: Dear Emily, Your friendship has been a rare, beautiful, precious gift. I really am not sure how I would have gotten through the last few years without you. I am glad that is a might-have-been. God knew I needed you, and I am deeply and eternally grateful that he has given me the gift of you (even at times on the same continent). I am overjoyed beyond words that God has brought you to the adventure and calling of marriage. I pray that I can be half the encouragement and support to you in your marriage that you have been to me in mine. Thank you for telling me the truth, loving me, pouring your prayers into my life, always being willing to be a wise listener, and walking with me so faithfully. I love you, friend. Would you believe that I don't have a single picture of the two of us together to put on this page? We'll have to fix that. Also the lack of good shared travel adventure. stories to tell at tea parties. I'm so glad we have a lifetime of friendship ahead. Love, Allison
25: to future adventures, near and far... | Mrs. Emily Sharpe | To: Allison Ruark
26: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen | Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
27: When You Are Old When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face... William Butler Yeats