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on June 9, 2011

Another small thing from Saturday: reading for a wedding

I really love reading aloud. It could be because I’m a reading teacher, but I also think there is something special about listening to words. Its not only what is said, but how it is said. For example, you could pause at the commas in these identical sentences and have totally different meanings…

“Woman, without her, man is nothing”
“Woman without her man, is nothing”

Which, of course, changes the entire sentence, depending on how you read it! (I prefer the first way…)

Anyway, I was fortunate to be able to read the first reading in my friend Ellen’s wedding. It is a powerful experience reading a passage from the Bible for people. I was able to convey the meaning of the reading in where I paused, continued, and emphasized. It was also great because I was also reading to the two people joining together in marriage. Here is the reading:

A reading from Tobit 8:4-8

4When the girl’s parents left the bedroom and closed the door behind them, Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife, “My love, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.”5She got up, and they started to pray and beg that deliverance might be theirs. He began with these words: “Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever.6You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’7Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”8They said together, “Amen, amen,”

What a beautiful passage and a great reminder of what is the center of good, strong, marriages.

Their wedding ceremony was amazing and so was the reception! I have known Ellen since she was in elementary school, was her confirmation sponsor, and have the privilege of sharing the city of South Bend with her. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a joyful day.

Congratulations Ellen and Michael! Our prayers are with you.

What is your favorite book to read out loud? Maybe a poem? I really love reading any Shel Silverstein poem, or a passage from the Bible at church… 🙂


One response to “read all about it

  1. Ellen says:

    Thanks for all of your help! You did a fabulous job reading. It meant so much to have you there. Can’t wait for coffee dates in the Bend!


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