It is bittersweet now too as I think back to all those years ago which now seem longer than the decade that they were. Last night I didn't sleep well and my friend popped into my mind. I haven't talked with her in years. We had a falling out when I first moved to Asheville and the friendship dwindled to Facebook birthday wishes. For whatever reason I wondered about her today in the wee hours of morning and how she's doing. I remembered a psychic's prediction that she would end up alone and how this upset her and how I consoled her that this wasn't true.
I wonder if she and her husband are still together. Ironically later this afternoon, I went into my office and was cleaning up files and ran across this blessing the one I wrote and read at their wedding. In honor of my friend, her marriage, my own marriage and all marriages here it is;
I ask the Universal Witness also known by some as God, to bless this union of my two friends with love. May they strive for patience, understanding, commitment, caring, forgiveness, and companionship in their time together on earth and into the after life.
May this union enhance them as individuals as they marry each other today and into tomorrow. May each of them be a better person as two than they could ever be as one.
May they find completion and contentment in their hearts and in the heart of each other. May they reach for peace in the day to day mundane as well as heightened joy that comes with living together as one.
May they take this commitment seriously as a spiritual bond of two souls joining as a myriad of hope and love.
If children are a part of this union may they welcome these little people and take care to cultivate their development and protect their happiness and wellbeing as a borrowed gift from God. I wish them everything that I have gained throughout the last 24 years and more.
I bless (my friends) with love, with joy and with hopeful wonder in the name of all of us here today as witness and in the name of our creator and those watching over us from the Spirit world--go in peace and love to serve your highest mission in life with help and grace from each other Amen.
As I write this I hope that my friend's marriage has fared better than our friendship has and that she doesn't feel alone today.