Hands of the Bride and Groom
_____, please hold _____ hands, palms up,
where you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree,
that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as she pledges her love and commitment to you
all the days of her life.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love,
soothing them through illness and hurt,
supporting and encouraging them along the way,
and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will massage tension
from you neck and back in the evenings
after you’ve both had a long hard day.
These are the hands that will hold you tight
as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick,
or console you when you are grieving.
They are the hands that will love you and cherish you through the years,
for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will give you support
as she encourages you to chase down your dreams.
Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.