Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Father's Prayer

O Lord, What Are We to Do?
A prayer for the wedding of Kyle and Christy Fletcher
by Rev. Bart A. Fletcher
July 24, 2010

O Lord, what are we to do?

Ever-living, carefully tending, always nurturing God, this is a day of celebration, acknowledging deep changes have arrived for all of us.

This day marks change for our beloved Kyle and Christy, whose lives, growing together over months extending into years, now culminate in vows for a lifetime together. No longer two autonomous, individual lives separated by singleness, they shall become mutually dependent, one for the other.

O Lord, what are we to do?

Do we grieve the loss of singlehood’s freedoms, or embrace the possibilities of lives lived together for something beyond ourselves … for a dream large enough that only You can create?

Change is here,

Creating God, and what are we to do?

Do parents who remember the precious, fleeting days of childhood and the
relentless march of youth and young adulthood, find themselves mired in loss or regret or the warm glow of nostalgia … or do we lift to you our hearts full of joy and delight as we sense profound gratitude that our son and our daughter have found another to take them where parents cannot go?

O Lord, what are we to do?

What are brothers and sisters to make of the blessed intrusion of another into their lives? Knowing that family traditions and expectations will shift as a new family emerges, will we resent the transitions … or will we welcome and declare as our own a new, adult addition to our family’s way of being?

Change is upon us, reliable Creator.

O Lord, what are we to do?

Friends gather here. From various stages and moments in Kyle’s and Christy’s lives we are, in this one shining moment, a community together. Time has eclipsed and the past collapses as we share together in these moments, the joyous anticipation of what it means for two lives to become one.

O Lord, what are we to do?

Change here is here! Life-sustaining and forward-guiding God of us all, we are to give thanks. We are to share joy. We are to reflect your community of hope.

We are to know all shall be well.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Amen.

All shall be well, and
All shall be well,
And all manner of things shall be well.
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

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