A work in progress.
This little cabinet has been in progress for nearly a year.
A gathering of memories and tokens representing a share life.
My oldest niece.
The first of 11 grandchildren for my parents.
The little sister I prayed for.
Got married yesterday.
Distance in miles kept us apart.
My mind and heart go to her and her groom.
To share a life better than the life they would
have led alone.
Marriage is like this planting.
The jade is smooth with rounded edges.
Drought tolerant. Simple.
Thriving even with neglect.
The germanium represents the poor man's rose.
Requiring some water and attention.
Bright with flowers and leaves.
Seasons for blooming and rejuvenation.
This pairing represents compatibility and contrast.
The delicate and sturdy nature of marriage.
Marriage is a living and growing thing.
A Wedding Prayer
Gracious and precious Lord
God of wonder and love
Through thine will everything is possible
For your pleasure, please bless the couple before you
Lord, place a seed of generous support in their hearts
Have them seek you in all times but
Especially in times of trial and worry
Please be present in their hearts
and minds today and everyday
May the witnesses present today
Renew their own heartfelt vows
Commit these witnesses to support
In your infinite wisdom bless this union
Help them, Lord, to honor you
Through honoring each other
May their love grow continuously
May the richness of respect and gratitude
Fill their hearts
May they together be a blessing to others
May they have fire only for each other
Help them, Lord, choose the words and actions
Lord, improve their vision to see only the
good in each other
And finally, Lord, allow them to love their
and form a new future as one
Thank you, Lord for hearing this petition