转：感人的婚礼祷文 - [他山之玉]
A WEDDING BENEDICTION
Hongzhou Huang and Xiaojing Zhang
Oh, God of love, You have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of all mankind. Thank You for the institution of marriage. It was Your plan. You said, “it is not good for man to be alone. I have made a helpmate for Him.” We rejoice in the sacrament that makes Hongzhou Huang and Xiaojing Zhang one.
Bless this new husband. Bless him as the provider. Sustain him in all the pressures of his work for the welfare of his family. May Hongzhou Huang’s strength be Xiaojing Zhang’s protection, his character be her boast and her pride, and may he so live that she will find in him the haven for which the heart of woman truly longs.
Bless this loving wife. Give Xiaojing Zhang tenderness that will make her great, a deep sense of understanding and a vibrant faith in You. Give her that inner beauty that never fades, that is eternal, that is found in holding fast the things that never age.
Teach Hongzhou Huang and Xiaojing Zhang that their marriage is not living merely for each other; it is their joining hands and hearts to serve You and to bring glory to You. Give them a genuine spiritual purpose and focus in life. May they seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness; then the other things will be added to them. Loving You first, they shall love each other the more.
May they not expect of each other the perfection that belongs to You. May they minimize each other’s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each other’s strengths, and learn to live in such harmony with each other that with one voice they will please You and glorify You, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Give Hongzhou Huang and Xiaojing Zhang enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failure to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours, and enough success to encourage their walk with You. May they be as forbearing with each other’s omissions and commissions as You are with theirs. Develop their characters as they walk together. May they never take each other’s love for granted, but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, “Out of all the world, you have chosen me.”
And now Lord, we commit Hongzhou Huang and Xiaojing Zhang into Your loving care, asking You to bring them joy in Yourself and in each other. May their marriage be fruitful. When the sun is setting, may they be found as now, still hand in hand, still thanking You so much for each other. May they serve You happily, faithfully, together until at last one shall lay the other in Your arms.
This we ask through the Name of the great lover of our souls, the Author of love, Jesus Christ our Lord.