Editor’s Note: I often think back to all of those that helped make our wedding day special, and I remember all of the good wishes and blessings that were bestowed upon us on that crazy, incredible day.
Looking back, I can really appreciate the Scripture readings, the Homily and all the many prayers for goodwill that have since been realized in our lives.
When Nadene Woelfel generously shared with me a special wedding prayer that she prepared several years ago, I was moved by the words and reminded once again of all the God-given blessings that marriage provides. I asked Nadene if I could share her prayer here for your enjoyment, and she generously agreed and provided a bit of background about the honor of being asked to provide such a cool gift to a newly married couple. Enjoy!
A few years ago I was asked to say the prayer for my Cousin’s wedding. I thought, “Wow, what an honor and how wonderful to be asked.”
Then, I started to write and it was not easy. I wanted to portray to my cousin and her new husband my wishes for them in the future, and of course I wanted it to be perfect.
So, for all of you who may be struggling with a similar duty honor I want to share my prayer.
A Wedding Prayer
for Teresa and Shawn
Lord, we have gathered here today
To celebrate the love and commitment
That has united Terri and Shawn,
In a wonderful bond of marriage.
We ask that you bless this food that
We are about to receive with grateful hearts.
May your blessings descend also upon
These newly married spouses,
Their families and friends
Who join us here today.
We sincerely pray that you bless
Terri and Shawn
With a love to last forever.
In sickness and in health may they find your strength
In doubts and troubles may they see your light
May their love continue to grow with each new challenge
May they always find strength in each other
May they be blessed with children to keep their days and nights busy
And when the children sleep
And they look into each others eyes,
May they always feel what they feel today.
May they live each moment of each day for each other.
When I finished saying this prayer at the Wedding Reception, my cousin was moved and asked me for a copy of it.
Not only did I give her a copy of it, but I framed it in a shadow box with flowers from the bouquet that I carried in her wedding. She now has my prayer preserved as a keepsake for years to come.
What special memories or keepsakes do you hold sacred from your wedding day? If you’re not yet married, what family traditions or cool plans do you look forward to on that special day?
Photo by michelle.hayes
Nadene is a Sales Representative for Krepe-Kraft Invitations & More, a division of Mod-Pac. Krepe-Kraft Invitations & More has provided personalized products for Weddings and other Party Events, such as invitations, boxes, bags, glassware and more for over 35 years. For more information, please visit them at www.krepekraftonline.com
Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.