Now that all the big deets have been handled for the wedding, we are on to the small things that really tie it all together. Today my task is determining the
that will take place during our Sand Ceremony. I’ve seen bible verses, poems, and book excerpts that I simply adore. Why then can’t I make a decision. They are all too good. I wish we could have 5 readings…wouldn’t that be awesome?? Ok, maybe not. My oh so wonderful fiancé who wants to get the show on the road, has only agreed to one reading, so I really have to make it count. Reading
While trolling the internet (like any good wedding planning bride-to-be) I discovered that people were using passages from books. I sat for a minute and tried to recall any books that made a mark on me in the way of love. Quickly, I thought of The Alchemist. That book did so much for me. Not just about love, but simply about living and trying to find and fulfill one’s destiny. I got so excited and started googling to see if there were any other brides who had used a passage from that inspiring novel. There were more thinkers like me…jackpot!
Here is the passage – I tweaked it a bit (replaced Universe with God).
When he looked into her eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke -- the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen -- the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation; just as God needs none as He travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing.
He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city.
And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.
I just love everything about this passage. Especially the part about knowing love means you know someone in the world is awaiting you. My fiancé and I were dating for 6 months when he proposed and to some that is far too fast, but for us we knew a few weeks into it that we were the people we had been waiting for. To experience that feeling is to have love and give love in return – it is a remarkable step in life.
~ Blissfully Yours