My fourth pick for the series is ‘The Apache Wedding Blessing.’ As much as I'd love to imagine this was written by the Native Americans back on the prarie, this was written by Elliot Arnold in his 1947 book, "Blood Brother." It’s an awesome peiece though, and really hits home what it is to be married and in love! It also brings home the family aspect of love, and how two pwople become pillars that hold up a structure bigger than just them. Here it is, read at the wedding of Aisling & Finbar!
Apache Wedding Blessing - Elliot Arnold
“Now you will feel no storms,
for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness,
for each of you is companion to the other,
You are two persons,
but there is one life before you, and one home.
Turn together to look at the road you traveled,
to reach this—the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you into the past.
Look to the future that lies ahead.
A long and winding, adventure-filled road,
whose every turn means discovery,
new hopes, new joys, new laughter,
and a few shared tears.
May happiness be your companion,
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead;
And through all the years to come.
Go this day to your dwelling place
and enter into your days together.
May your days be good and long
upon the earth.
Your adventure has just begun!”
That’s it guys and girls, there are loads more ideas for some amazing wedding readings in the blog, and if you have any more ideas, feel free to get in touch with them too! If you’d like to know more, feel free to reach out to me, but for now, have an amazing day, enjoy planning your big day, and enjoy the wedding, and enjoy married life even more!