Rikki and Justin: A Wedding p. 2
Rikki Sommervold and Justin Bera Phoenix, AZ
10 April 2010
However uncaring I was, he has been compassionate and tender. Throughout her life, Rikki haslearned what it feels like to not be loved from her brother; she has learned what it feels like to beloved from our father.If I can offer one piece of advice on your wedding, Justin, let me say: Love Rikki the way her father loves her. Lay everything you have on the line for her sake. Do everything you can tofulfill her dreams. Give everything you are to help her be everything she can be. Be a better husband than I’ve been a brother. Love her the way her father loves her.The apostle Paul gave the same advice to husbands over nineteen hundred years ago; Paul wrote,“Husbands, love your wives the way Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her” (Eph5.25). Christ held nothing back in his love for people, and in the same way Dad has held nothing back in his love for his daughter. But now it’s your turn. Be a better husband than I’ve been a brother. Love her the way her father loves her. Love her the way Christ loved the Church.
At this time we will have two readings from the Bible.Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong asdeath, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buylove with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. (Song of Solomon 8.6
)Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It doesnot insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, enduresall things. Love never ends. . . . For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will seeface to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fullyknown. And now faith, hope and love remain, these three; and the greatest of these islove. (1 Corinthians 13.4–8, 12–13
[Rikki and Justin hold hands and face each other.]
Justin, will you repeat this vow to Rikki, saying after me:I, Justin, take you, Rikki, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse; for richer for poor; in sicknes and in health; to love and to cherish untilwe are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.
Rikki, will you repeat this vow to Justin, saying after me:I, Rikki, take you, Justin, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward;for better, for worse; for richer for poor; in sicknes and in health; to love and to cherishuntil we are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.