Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is twenty years of moments
Wrapped in promise and bright hope
Seven thousand days
Filled with laughter and little feet,
Two apartments, three houses,
And more work than I can remember
Through job loss
Planting, tearing out,
Illness and accidents…
And eight pets that somehow
All arrived in pairs.
Love is day and night,
Bright and deep,
Shadow and light,
And never enough…
On it’s own
Only when it’s God’s —
Infused marrow and bone
Fiber and soul
Into every breath and heartbeat
Can Love survive
Our very human selves
Through hundreds of months and weeks,
Thousands of days,
Millions of minutes
Married to the man I love…
Learning to lean
On the One who is —
word and breath
and blood and death
and life —
L O V E
Bleeding in and coursing through
Always protecting, hoping, trusting,
Through ten million minutes
Because only God’s love,
Never ever fails.
I love you more today than I ever dreamed possible ten million minutes ago!
Twenty years ago we stood before family and friends and God, hand in hand, speaking these words to each other’s hearts, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!
Only once comes true love. Only once comes a feeling so strong and sure that you know it will last for a lifetime. Through you, true love has come to me.
Today I pledge to you my faithfulness, love and affection for all times – in joy and adversity, in laughter and pain.
I will nurture you when you need care. I will support you in new endeavors. I will believe in you when even you may doubt, and I will patiently listen to you when you need a friend.
I have chosen you as my partner for life, and now, before God, family and friends, I make that commitment permanent.
I take your hand in mine. This symbolizes friendship and I promise now to be your true and faithful friend.
It symbolizes union and I promise to keep our union uppermost in my life.
It symbolizes help and caring. I promise to help you whenever and however you need me.
Most of all, it symbolizes love, and love is what I feel for you always, in good times and in bad.
I take your hand in mine – for this hour, for this day, for this lifetime.