We are freshly back in town after a vacation to North Carolina where I had the privilege of officiating Scott and Sara’s wedding:

The venue was gorgeous and soulful…

and the centerpieces… all local, including the flowers which are cut fresh from the farm.

The photos capture the essence of what is best about travel and life-giving community ceremonies:

They relax the constraints of daily life and invite in a wider perspective.

I’ll share more pics soon (including me officiating the ceremony in blue jeans!) but for now here is my favorite moment from the wedding:

A blessing for Sara & Scott’s baby girl due at Christmas which I wove into the ceremony based on a reading they chose for the day.  

“Sara and Scott have selected a reading for their wedding: a story called The Seven Wonders of the World about the surprises which happen in the classroom, the venue where they first met.

Junior high school students in Chicago were
studying the Seven Wonders of the World. At
the end of the lesson, the students were asked
to list what they considered to be the Seven
Wonders of the World. Though there was some
disagreement, the following received the
most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. The Taj Mahal in India
3. The Grand Canyon in Arizona
4. The Panama Canal
5. The Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The quiet girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

1. to touch…
2. to taste…
3. to see…
4. to hear…
5. to feel…
6. to laugh…
7. and to love.

The room was so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop….

Sara was struck by this story because she told me excitedly that is exactly how learning unfolds in the classroom. You can ask the students to do a project with instructions that seem straightforward and often there will be one or two students, creative thinkers, who unlock the work in a whole new way. Their curiosity opens the whole classroom up to a new conversation. And feeds the soul of their teacher along the way.

Baby Blessing

Sara and Scott hope that the child they are bringing into the world will hold many of the same qualities as the inquisitive student in the story. So together we are going to offer a blessing for their little one that she may grow into the beautiful hopes of her parents as well as bring her own unique perspective to bear on their lives together.

Sara and Scott place hands over belly bump. Everyone invited to repeat after me… and listen closely because they are sharing the baby’s name for the first time with this blessing

Baby may you be naturally curious about our beautiful world

May you always look at things from multiple perspectives

May you risk thinking about life in your own fresh way

Amelia Corinne… May you pause often and heed the guidance of your inner teacher

May you remind us not to discount things that are simple

And to cherish the treasures of our daily life together. Amen.

That is my hope for each of you who read this today– that you too may risk looking at life in your own fresh way and pause often to listen to the wisdom of the inner teacher.


PS Know someone who is planning a wedding? Click here to read more about how I work with couples (even those who live beyond the Dallas area) to create a custom ceremony which reflects their highest hopes for the day and their lives together.

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