One of my very favorite things is this Marriage Blessing. It was prayed by Dr. Joe Morecraft during our wedding ceremony. A lady and her daughter from Dr. Morecraft’s church sent a framed, calligraphied copy for us to hang in our home. The words are so powerful and reading it always brings tears to my eyes. My hubs and I often read it together…it helps us refocus and not let the little things come between us.
Now our joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other; Our burdens now are halved for when we share them, we divide the load.
Bless this man. Bless him as provider of nourishment and raiment, and all the exactions and pressures of his battle for bread. May his strength be her protection, his character be her boastand her pride, and may he so live that she will find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.
Bless this woman, Give her kindness that will make her great. Give her a deep sense of understanding and a great faith in Thee. Give her that inner beauty of soul that never fades, 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 uniting and joining hands to serve Thee. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the other things shall be added unto them.
May they not expect that perfection of each other that belongs alone to Thee. May they help each other in their weaknesses, be swift to praise each other’s points of comliness and strength, and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes.
Now, Gracious Lord, 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 Thine, and enough success to make them sure they walk with Thee.
May they never take each other’s love for granted, but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, “Out of all this world you have chosen me!”
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 Thee 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 our souls. Amen.