I recently participated in a lovely, unique ceremony for Allie and Jon, both school teachers. They found the following Pueblo Commitment Vow, read by a beloved family member during the ceremony. I thank them for finding such a beautiful reading and allowing me to participate in their very special wedding.
Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our mind. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?
I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours. Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swalled up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the createor had designed them for life’s endless circle.
Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so that the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its gbattlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way—
I loved you best of all.