Many years ago now, we were preparing for my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. In searching for a favorite poem to share for their anniversary program, I had great difficulty finding a written copy.
The poem I remembered was a prayer for a marriage ceremony. There was soft music playing as a backdrop to the reading. The recitation was made by a familiar deep, bass voice – a voice renown for his music and his radio broadcast, Nightsounds. His name, Bill Pierce.
The era of my search was before Google. We owned the CD with this selection on it, but I hesitated. “How could I ever write fast enough,” I questioned aloud. Our sons were getting an update on the party plan.
Then one suggested a starting/stopping of the old stereo system method, while another wrote frantically. He would assist.
So with pen and paper ready, and his finger stationed at the stereo’s start and stop, we began.
All was going well. He had to back up a few times. But progress was sure. The end was in sight.
Until suddenly, I just broke down in tears. In front of my son.
‘Looking foolish,’ I thought.
But I was so touched by the words of this prayer. A beautiful outcry for a faith journey only to succeed with the God of Love before you:
“O God of Love,
You have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Yours was the Your plan and only with You can we work it out with joy. You have said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now our joys are doubled, since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens now are halved, when we share them, we divide the load.
Bless this husband.
Bless him as provider of nourishment and raiment. And sustain him in all the exacting and pressures of his battle for bread. May his strength be her protection, his character be her boast and pride. And my he so live that she will find in Him a haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.
Bless this loving wife.
Give her tenderness that will make her great, a deep sense of understanding and a great faith in You. Give her that inner beauty of soul that never fades – that eternal youth that is found in holding fast the things that never age.
Teach them that marriage is not living merely for each other; It is two united and joining hands to serve You. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the other things shall be added to them.
May they not expect the perfection of each other that belongs to You. May they minimize each other’s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each other’s points of comliness and strength, and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes.
Now make assignments on the scroll of Your will as will bless them, and develop their characters as they walk together. Give them enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours and enough success to make them sure they walk with God.
May they never take each other’s love for granted, but always experience the breathless wonder that exclaims, “Out of all this world, you have chosen me.”
Then when life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, hand in hand – still thanking God for each other. May they serve You happily, faithfully, together, until at last one shall lay the other into the arms of God.
This we ask through Jesus Christ, Great Lover of All Souls. Amen.”
~ Louis H. Evans
“What a beautiful prayer,” I thought as my son had to watch me wipe an escaping tear from my eye.
Please enjoy Bill Pierce’s sharing of The Marriage Prayer, here:
Life is Lovelier with Lace…
With hook and thread in hand and this prayer on my lips – for my own marriage, I offer this prayer for you and yours also.
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