With the wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would post “a little something” that was given to my husband and I by my father-in-law around the time of our wedding day. It is a precious puritan prayer that has become my personal prayer for our marriage:
“Oh, God of love, you have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Yours was the plan and only with You can we work it out with joy. You have said that “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a helpmate for him.” Now our joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens are now halved, when we share them, we divide the load.
Dear Father, we would ask that you would bless GROOM NAME. Bless him as a provider of nourishment and raiment and sustain him in all the expectations and pressures of his daily battles. May GROOM NAME’s strength be BRIDE NAME’s protection, his character her boast and her pride, and may GROOM NAME so live that BRIDE NAME will find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.
And dear heavenly Father, we would ask you to bless BRIDE NAME. Give her tenderness that will make her great, a deep sense of understanding and great faith in You. Give her inner beauty of soul that never fades, that eternal youth that is found in holding fast the things that never age.
Teach GROOM NAME and BRIDE NAME that marriage is not living merely for each other, it is two uniting and joining hands to serve You. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May the seek the kingdom of God and Your righteousness and the other things shall certainly be added unto them. Loving You best, they shall love each other the more, and faithful unto You, faithful unto each other they will be. May they not expect that perfection of each other that belongs alone to You. May the minimize each other’s weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each other’s points of comeliness and strength and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes. Now make such assignments to GROOM NAME and BRIDE NAME on the scroll of Your will as will bless them and develop their characters as they walk together.
Give them a little something to forgive every day that they may grow in the grace of longsuffering. Give them enough tears to keep them tender, enough hurts to keep them human, enough failures to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours and enough success to make them sure they walk with You. May they never take each other’s love for granted but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, “out of all this world, you have chosen me.”
when life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, hand in hand still thanking God for each other. May they serve You happily, faithfully together until at last one shall lay the other into the arms of Jesus. This we ask through Jesus Christ, the great Lover of our souls.
When printed in a fun font on nice paper and framed, it makes for a great wedding gift. Sure stands out from the typical toaster, bath towel, and bed sheets that are often given to a newly married couple and could really help keep things in perspective amidst all the wedding craze!