I threw my sister-in-law a bridal shower this past Sunday. In my planning I searched endlessly for a prayer to be used at a bridal shower or any prayer that could be adapted for a bride-to-be. Google failed me – a rare occurrence – but then I thought to myself, “Why don’t I just write a prayer?” I have a great love for the written word, after all, and when I got married, I wrote some personal blessings for my program. I’ve included the prayer below. Dave’s sister Rachel loved it and several other people commented on it and asked where I found it. I’ve decided to share the prayer/blessing since I couldn’t find anything like it on the Web. Feel free to use and/or tweak it for any bride-to-bes in your life.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessing of family and friends who are here today in celebration of Rachel and Hendre’s upcoming wedding. Be with them now as they prepare their hearts for the gift of marriage, and be with them always as they grow in their unconditional love and face the ups and downs of life together. Protect them physically, mentally and spiritually. Help them to accept one another as they are and leave any changing that needs to be done in your hands. Finally, in your time, please help them to offer the world a tangible symbol of their love and commitment – the gift of children.
We thank you Lord for this meal prepared today. We ask that you give us all grateful hearts, especially during the Christmas season, and make us mindful of the needs of others – in particular those who are lonely and without the love we are celebrating today – through Jesus Christ our Lord.