But it was a prayer I prayed today at the beginning of the day as I watched the news reports from Washington DC and the "happily ever after" moments of those starting a new day as married couples, thanks to the dawn of marriage equality in our nation's capital.
Here's one of those couples -- in a "screen shot" from the HRC video posted online earlier today of the weddings and "back stories" of three of DC's first same sex weddings.
So here's another prayer ... now that we're almost to the end of the day ... for all those who have the courage, the love, the commitment and the faith to say "yes" to marriage and to each other "til death do they part:"
Loving God, Creator of all that is good and joyful and beautiful, we pray your blessing now on these unions that have already been blessed by the love that these couples share with each other. Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness, in patience, in wisdom, that their homes may be havens of blessing and peace.
Shield them in their happiness, nurture their devotion and strengthen their commitment. Forgiver of our faults, help them always to forgive each other. Source of all healing, preserve them in body, mind and spirit. Compassionate One, keep them tender in heart. Finally, in the midst of such abundance and joy as blesses them, let them not forget the needs of others.
Inspire them in the fulfillment of their mutual love to reach out to others in your love. In the name of the One who created us in love, calls us to love and empowers us to love. Amen.