This is the full text of Shaun and Rebekah Bezold's wedding...at which I officiated.
Almost everybody in the world gets married, you know what I mean? There aren't hardly any exceptions. Most everybody in the world climbs into their graves married.
There are a lot of things to be said about a wedding; there are a lot of thoughts that go on during a wedding. We can't get them all into one wedding, naturally, and especially not into Shaun and Becky’s...they want their wedding to be kindly short.
In this wedding I play the minister. That gives me the right to say a few more things about it.
Some churches say that marriage is a sacrament. I don't quite know what that means...but I can guess. The real hero of any wedding doesn't stand with the bride and groom at all...and you know who that is.
It's like what one of those European fellas said: every child born into the world is nature's attempt to make a perfect human being. Well, we've seen nature pushing and contriving for some time now. We all know that nature's interested in quantity; but I think she's interested in quality, too.
That's why we’re all here. We believe in Shaun and Rebekah.
We love you...love you like brothers...and sisters and moms and dads and aunts and uncles and cousins and best friends forever. Rebekah, Shaun...we’ve got your back on this marriage thing. All of us witnesses, do. We gathered here today to cover you, to bless you, to love you.
See, I’m not the only one marrying you two today...we all are.
And don't forget all the other witnesses at this wedding, the ancestors. They’re with us today, too. Millions of them. Most of them set out to live two-by-two. Millions of them.
One of them left his Bible for us. And I think he’d like it a lot if I was to read this passage on the occasion of your wedding:
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV
Well, that's all my sermon. Twan't very long, anyway. *
Shaun. Take the ring and as you place it on your bride’s hand, promise her this:
Rebekah Ashley Reach, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward. For better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. To love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.
Rebekah. Take the ring and as you place it on your groom’s hand, promise him this:
Shaun Fitzgerald Bezold, I give you this ring, wear it with love and joy. I choose you to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward. For better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. To love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things....and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
Shaun, Rebekah...may the blessings of life, the joy of love, the peace of truth, and the wisdom and strength of Spirit, be your constant companion, now and always, as husband and wife.
You may seal this union with a kiss.