I’m a words girl. These words are some of my favorites.
When I talk about “my people”, this is the context I’m referring to. I can’t think of a more concise description of what marriage is.
Ruth 1:16 –
Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me.
This is my definition of intimacy:
George Eliot –
Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
And this one? This one is the goal, the reminder that you are to be each other’s shelter and support:
Apache Wedding Prayer
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
I haven’t yet gotten deep into research for our ceremony, but I have no doubt that these words will end up in it”¦ because I think of them often in our lives. What are your favorite words?