from each of you to the other:
from whom you are and who you become to the wider circle of family and friends who are your community;
from each child and parent and caring friend to you, __________, and __________;
Love is a gift, a magnificent mystery.
Love is a hard-earned treasure wrenched from the depths of mortal self-centeredness;
at risk in every open and unspoken conflict;
part of the struggle to give to the other without giving yourself away;
endlessly demanding of you both repentance and forgiveness;
every day asking something of you to prove you are worthy of the grace of such a caring relationship;
Love is a hard-earned treasure, a genuine moral achievement.
Love is a joy, making your eyes light up and sometimes fill up;
giving you laughter to uplift your souls;
bringing you intense pleasure at the sound of your beloved's voice at the very touch of a hand or lips sweetly embracing;
lifting you from despair and loneliness to companionship and meaningfulness;
Love is a joy, the richest blessing you can know.
Love is a communion of your unity with each other;
of your relation to those who are part of your circle of caring, children and relatives and friends;
of your feelings for each other focused in this special moment but enduring through the past, in the present, and into the future;
of our feelings for you as we have known you, as we know you now, as we will know you in the days ahead;
of your ties to the earth, to air and water and fire, to worms and winged creatures and wolverine to woman and man, to life itself;
Love is a communion, the circle within which we all live and move and have our being.
__________ and __________:
May all that you are always be in love;
May all that is love always be in you.
May your love be as beautiful on each day you share as it is on this day of celebration.