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Why Marriage?

This weekend I attended our cousin's wedding in another city and enjoyed being surrounded by a side of my family I don't see very often. While not a religious ceremony, the vows and words spoken during the ceremony were very poignant and moving. One reading in particular stood out as a beautiful description of why two people choose marriage. As it was being read, I found myself filled with love and appreciation for my own husband, remembering all the reasons I married him.
Why Marriage

Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body...

Because I need a forever friend to
trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won't hold them against me,
Who loves me when I'm unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me...

Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold...

Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship...
Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements...

Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole...

Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me,
I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage...

Because with this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.

-Mari Nichols-Haining
Congratulations Wendy & Mike.

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