An angel walks in a room with a Christian who celebrates Christmas. A Jew who celebrates Hanukkah and a African American who celebrates Kwanza. The angel quickly looks around and says Happy Holidays to everyone. At that moment an individual in the corner sighs loudly. The angel turns to the man and asks is there a problem sir? To which the man responded well since you asked there is. I’m so tired of you liberals and your war on Christmas. What wrong with just saying Merry Christmas like we did in the good old days. The angel looked at the man and laughed and then politely said sir it would seem it is you and not me who is waging war on Christmas. Me? Responded the man shockingly. Yes you said the angel for on the day Jesus was born an angel like myself told all those in the manger I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. He did not identify only a selection of people to wish great joy he wished it to all. We are all God’s children and he wishes that as his children we love each other and respect each other faiths. If you choose to turn a cold shoulder to or belittle those who wish happiness to all then it is you who are soiling the true meaning of Christmas.
We have taken divergent paths to this day, this moment. Along the way the people we have encountered, the experiences we have lived have shaped the very essence of who we are.
Today those paths meet at this place, at this moment and for the first time it is clear to me what my life is truly for.
Here I stand ready to commit my heart, my soul and my life to you forever, ready to take the first step on a new path with you by my side, my partner, my best friend, my soul mate.
As with any path there are unknowns ahead, obstacles along the way, but with you by my side I have no fear. There is no doubt in my heart and soul that the strength of our relationship, a relationship build on trust, respect and love will carry us through anything we may face.
This ceremony will make you my wife but you are so more to me.
You are my partner who will walk beside me the rest of my life.
You are my best friend who will not only listen but hear me.
You are my soul mate whose heart beats in unison with mine.
My love for you is unwavering and it truly can not be described by words but when I hold your hand, when I hear your voice, when I see your smile, when I look into your eyes, there is a feeling of love deep in my heart that I had never known until you walked into my life. A feeling that so overwhelms me with emotion and makes me so grateful to be standing here on this day, at this moment with you by my side
My partner, my best friend, my soul mate, and in a few short minutes my wife