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Wedding Prayer

Last night I had the privilege to marry a couple that serves a BIG role in our Children’s Ministry at Trinity. They’re a fantastic, super talented couple, and now they get to share the path God has for them together as an official ‘married couple.’ Last night was a beautiful outdoor wedding, with lots of candles, music, and dancing. It was everything I’m sure they hoped it would be.

At the end I prayed a special prayer of blessing over the couple, and here is that prayer. I’m not quite sure where it came from, but I can comfortably say that I did NOT create it. It is a fantastic prayer, and I will be using it again in the future.

Bless this husband. Bless him as provider for the needs of those he loves. Sustain him in all his struggles in the contest of life. May his strength be her protection, his character be her joy and assurance. May he so live that she may find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.

Bless this loving wife. Give her a tenderness that makes her great . . . a deep sense of understanding and a great faith in You. Give her that inner beauty of soul that never fades, eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May she so live that he may be pleased always to reverence and adore her.

May they never make the mistake of merely living for each other. Teach them that marriage is not living for each other. It is two uniting and joining hands to serve You, the living God. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek first the kingdom that is yours, and its righteousness, so that all other things may be added unto them. Loving you best, they shall love each other all the more. And faithful unto You, faithful unto each other they will remain.

May they not expect that perfection of each other that belongs alone to You. May they minimize each other s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each other s strengths and beauty, and see each other through a lover s kind and patient eyes. Give them a little something to forgive each day, that they may grow in the grace of long-suffering and love. And may they be forbearing with each other s omissions and commissions as You are with theirs. Make such assignments to them according to Your will as will bless them and develop their character as they walk together. Give them enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them humane, enough of failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours, and enough success to make them sure they belong to You. 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! Then when life is done, and the sun is setting, may they be found, then as now, still hand in hand, still so proud, thanking you so very much for each other. May they serve You happily, faithfully, together, until at least one shall lay the other in Your arms. This we ask through Jesus Christ, great lover of souls. Amen.



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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. Lisa · June 25, 2008

    Hold on… you’re a pastor at Trinity Church? Wow, that’s where I went to church once upon a time. I bet there are still people there that I know.

    Ahem. Anyway.

    I messaged you on twitter, but it may be weeks before you’ll be able to see replies. So in the interest of getting you some great new music, check out Dave Barnes. http://www.davebarnes.com I’ve seen him live, and his sense of humor and musicianship are both stunning. Read the reviews at amazon, or just let the music speak for itself. I haven’t bought everything, but the last two albums are repeat-worthy.

    Good luck in your move. =)