Wedding Ceremony – 2 More Readings

Reading (done by Matron of Honor – Christine)
Love feels no burden,
thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility…
It is therefore able to undertake all things,
and it completes many things,
and warrants them to take effect,
where he who does not
love would faint and lie down.
Love is watchful and sleeping,
slumbereth not.
Though weary, it is not tired;
though pressed, it is not straitened;
though alarmed, it is not confounded…
– Thomas A. Kempis.

Reading #2 (Done by mother of bride – Linda)

Mother’s Secret
A Ballad

Tell me a secret of living, dear Mother,
a new one I’ve never been told–
some hint about life to remember you by
that will stay with me when I’ve grown old.

“An overlooked secret of humans, my child,
is that each is a seed that will flower,
and that each has a future of limitless joy,
whatever the pains of the hour.

“And I tell you that no love has ever been lost
nor is anything out of place–
that your work is to strive, to give and to know
in this journey through time and space.

“Your grandmother told me the same when she died
and I willingly pass it along.
May your living go deeper than what you can see
and your heart hear the Infinite Song.”

Now rest, dear Mother, and sleep your sleep
in a region where pain is unknown.
As long as I live I will treasure your words
and will pass them along to my own.

From Just Below Now (2000)
by Alan Harris


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