I was asked to pray in a wedding of my second cousin this weekend and here is what I composed as a wedding prayer.

“Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also for consecrating the union of this man and this woman in Your name.

We ask by the power of the Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman.

Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace.

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. May their love be patient and kind, bearing all things, believing in all things, hoping in all things, and enduring in all things.

May their seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto them. May they not expect that perfection of each other that belongs alone to you. May they minimize each others weaknesses, be swift to praise and magnify each others points of beauty and strength, and see each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes.

May they never take each others love for granted, but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, “Out of all this world you have chosen me.” When life is done, may they be found then as now still hand in hand, still thanking God for each other. May they serve you happily, faithfully together, until at least one shall lay the other in the arms of God.

We pray this in Jesus’ most Holy and Precious name, Amen.”