10 years ago this May I pledged my life to the man of my dreams and my very soul’s heartbeat. He is a pure gift. He makes me the best version of myself and He is perfect for me. He is the part of my story where I receive an earthly example of God’s incredible favor. He is the sand to my beach. I am blessed to call him “husband” but even more blessed to call him my best friend. We have so much fun together!
Today I wanted to share the Vow I am memorizing to repeat to him this year – and every year. We hope to do this publicly in a few years time when we do a formal renewing of our marriage but until then here it is:
Today I, Kate, renew my marriage vows in the presence of God, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and in the standing power of the Holy Spirit.
You and I have a treasured relationship which I view as a gift from God. I will accept you in your uniqueness; respect you in your differences from me; allow you room for individual expression; seek to understand and meet your needs; refrain from being overbearing and demanding; grant you the freedom to fail; forgive you. For your errors; restore you when you stumble; bear your burdens when you cannot carry them alone; give thanks daily for you and pray for you; provide for your needs within my means; encourage the realization of your full potential; remind you often through word and deed that you are the most important person in the world to me.
I renew my vow of commitment to you to have and to had from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till us do part according to God’s holy sacrament; and thereto, I pledge you my faith.
We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves. -Edgar Cayce