Happy Anniversary to the man of my dreams! Today is our two year anniversary...it's crazy to think that two years ago we were getting ready to start the rest of our lives together. Our wedding day was better than anything I could have imagined. Our ceremony was perfect! It was something I'll never forget. Something that stands out in the ceremony was a very sweet passage that the minister read...
Jason, will you please turn your palms up so that Ashley can see them and hold them in her hands?
Ashley, these are the hands, young and strong, of the one who has just promised to love and cherish you all the days of your life together. These are the hands that will work long hours to earn a living for you and the family with which God blesses you. These are the hands that will be nicked and bruised from trying to fix things around the house to make you more comfortable. These are the hands that may sometimes look large and clumsy, yet be gentle as he holds your baby for the first time. These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes; eyes that are filled with his love and desire for you.
Ashley, these hands belong to the one who is to be your husband. Upon your life, your love, and your devotion he will lean for strength and inspiration. He will look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness and for confidence. No matter what others may think-they may forget him, lose confidence in him, or turn their backs upon him-but you must not. May your life and love be the inspiration that will constantly lead him to greater dependence on the Lord.
Ashley, will you please turn your palms up so that Jason can see them and hold them in his hands?
Jason, these are the hands of the one who has just promised to love and cherish you all the days of her life. These hands are smooth and young and carefree not, but one day will be lined and rougher because of their work in seeking to make your life more comfortable. These are the hands that will hold any children with which God blesses you in tender love, soothing them through illness and disciplining them as needed. These are the hands that will hold your face and wipe your tears--in wonder and awe that you would cry for her. Jason, may you remember these things and treasure them all the days of your life.
Now both of you, join your hands together. And as you do, remember that these are the hands that you will lift in praise to God for the blessings he bestows upon you. And also, that these are the hands that you will need daily to fold in prayer as you pray for each other and for your family as it may grow in the years to come.
Through the good and the bad times...I'm so thankful that God gave me a perfect pair of hands to hold! I couldn't have asked for and received a better husband! Happy Anniversary!