Posted by Moira Ahearne Parkinson

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E-Lift for the summer —


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,”gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-14″
LISTON TO: Genesis, “Follow You Follow Me”

(first dance of the bridal couple)

Last week end Forrest and I attended a wedding in Hartford CT. Weddings can be complicated matters. They can stir up feelings of renewal, and self-examination (how am I doing in my love relationships?), or they can stir up feelings of loneliness or being left out. Weddings are never just for the married couple. They are a community event, calling each of us to be our best selves, to increase our capacities and commitment to love. I was pleased to hear one of the scriptures the couple chose came from Colossians. Whether we are married or not, every day we begin to dress ourselves spiritually with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. These garments never wear out, they never go out of style. They come in one size fits all. They look good on everyone. So make sure your wardrobe is filled with these items of clothing, and love, in its many manifestations, will be the piece that pulls it all together.

At the ceremony, this following reading was included in the order of service. Read it through. Read creatively, as if it addresses all the love relationships around you, friendships and other connections that have blossomed in your life. Let it open you to the divine practice of love, in all its manifestations.
“The Art Of Marriage”
by Wilferd A. Peterson (short, popular version)

A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right partner…
It is being the right partner.
– by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

The Art of Marriage is an essay by Wilferd A. Peterson (published in THE NEW BOOK OF THE ART OF LIVING, Simon & Schuster, New York, copyright Wilferd Arlan Peterson, 1962, 1963; copyright Lilian Thorpe, 2004). Permission granted to by the Heacock Literary Agency, Inc.

PRAY: “May I be clothed with the garments of love today. May my actions speak love, and my words confess love, shaped by the teachings and life of Jesus.”