My lovely wife, Joni, and I got married back in July.
I asked one of my close friends to do a reading for the ceremony and I spent a lot of time looking into what I would like him to read.
There was nothing that quite hit the hammer on the head, nothing that quite reflected what life and our partnership meant.
So I decided to write one. I started with a quote from the opening pages of Carl Sagan‘s Cosmos and from there I adapted it to have more significance to us and our view of the world.
I thought I would share it here, give it a home.
The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond what our minds can easily comprehend.
Lost somewhere between its immensity and eternity lies our tiny planetary home.
Our planet is so astonishing, packed full of mountains, deserts, seas,
all the plants and animals, glorious wonders we can share.
On the Earth walks mankind with all it’s faults to bear,
yet ever so exquisite with so much love and moral depth.
May we remain grateful every day on Earth we live
for the brief but wonderous opportunity that all of life is.
Although mankind is faulty, we continue to strive.
The sum of all thinking, all our accomplishments is love.
From within one of the billions of species to walk upon this tiny spec in the universe
we find two imperfect people who want to share their short lives, living it as one.
May this marriage take two fractional lives and make those fractional lives a whole.
May these partners build a better world for the next generation to come.
May this union bring a new light to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers,
a new beauty to the earth, and a new mystery to life.