|These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on our wedding day, as we promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.|
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together we build our future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold our children.
These are the hands that will help us to hold our family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
We had this reading at our wedding; we read it to each other as we exchanged rings. I loved the insight it gave into our lives together and what the future might hold and what that meant for us now that we had vowed to spend it together. I remember I was especially touched by the 'hands that will tenderly hold your children line'. Then it was just a seed of possibility, an idea of something that might be. Four and a half years later it was firmly on my mind again as it became a reality when I saw the darling husband take our eldest daughter in his hands for the first time. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to be able to believe that our union of two has become this family of four eight years later. How on earth did we make these two amazing, beautiful, incredible little people?! And so these days it is all about their hands - holding ours:
and holding each other's:
This post is linked to The Gallery week 162 for the theme 'body parts'. Why not head over and see what everyone else has to say, or join in if you haven't yet!