During a facebook conversation lamenting the over-use of All Things Bright and Beautiful at weddings (and indeed, at baptisms and funerals) a slightly tongue-in-cheek challenge was issued, and in a fit of procrastination I rose (or sank) to it. The fruits of my afternoon’s procrastination are below, and since they are still at the ‘scribbled-on-the-back-of-an-envelope’ stage, I’d welcome comments, criticisms and suggestions for improvement.
This is the first one, and it goes to ‘Lord of the dance’:
Love, faith and hope are free
to all who live abundantly,
So lead us, Lord, wherever we may be
in the dance of life for eternity.
The gift of love is a powerful thing,
Blessed and worn in a golden ring,
The vows are the binding of our lives,
words for all that the heart believes.
The gift of faith is the gift of care,
The words that say, “I will always be there.”
For better, for worse, in joy and pain,
faith brings love to life again.
The gift of hope is a burning fire,
a beacon to follow that will never ever tire,
A lamp to guide us in the darkest night,
and show us the path that leads to light.
This one goes to the tune ‘All things bright and beautiful’
Bless this sacred moment
with your greatest gift of love,
Bring us ever closer
to the joy of heaven above.
All future growth and flowering
are rooted in our past:
two lives entwined together
in promises that last.
Lord, make us more forgiving
to those who do us wrong,
give patience and endurance
and peace our whole life long.
The care of those around us,
our families and friends,
uphold us and inspire us
to love that never ends.
A ring to seal the promise,
A kiss to touch the heart,
A prayer to know the blessing
that you alone impart.