It's no secret (at least I hope it's not) that I am a Christian. E and I's primary goal for our ceremony is that the gospel is preached and that people understand how seriously we take marriage and why it was created.
So, our reading is not going to be from playwright, a romantic novel or a poet. (Although I would argue that our reading is a poetic, romantic and dramatic.)
With so many Bible verses speaking about love, we wanted to pick something unique that spoke about the true meaning of marriage (a reflection of Christ and His church) and that described us as a couple. E emailed me a few weeks ago with an option that has since become one of my favorite passages on love. It speaks about the passion and intensity of two people in love. I like the idea that this is our theme, because I want to stay focused on stayng "on fire" for eachother far beyond the honeymoon stage. (yes, that means being the cute 80-year-old couple who still kisses and holds hands in public)
I am so looking forward to our pastor speak on this verse, especially because he knows both of us very well....and our intent for our wedding ceremony.
Without further ado, our wedding verse...
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.