My cousin is getting married tomorrow and he and his wife to be asked me to say the prayer at their rehearsal dinner. My cousin is the closest thing my sister and I have to a brother. While we are years apart, we grew up close and share a lot of special memories. I'm super proud of who he is and the man he has become. Here's the prayer I said tonight.
Thank you for this happy celebration of your most amazing gift, the gift of love
Thank you for friends and family
Thank you for bringing us all together for this weekend to celebrate this couple
Thank you for Ian and Sarah, and bless them as they stand on the threshold of a new part of their journey in this life.
Let them lean in to their love of you, of each other, and let this big crazy family gathered stand to bolster them in their life together, now and always.
Let us remember to slow down in these days, take a breath, and take in the sheer joy and love that surrounds us, surrounds Ian and Sarah. Let remember to soak in the tiny moments for they are fleeting.
Thank you for this meal and please bless it for our use. Bless those who helped prepare it and those who made this evening possible.
Dear Lord thank you for this life, this big family, this joyous time and this meal. In Jesus name we pray, amen.