Epithalamion–The Pasture Gate Opens

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For Jim and Breanna on their wedding day

Today is the day the pasture gate opens
after a long winter; you are let out on grass
to a world vast and green and lush
beyond your wildest imaginings.

You run leaping and bounding,
hair flying in the wind, heels kicked up
in the freedom to form together
a binding trust of covenant love.

You share with us your rich feast today,
as grace grows like grass
that stretches to eternity yet bound safely
within the fence rows of your vows.

When rains come, as hard times always do,
and this spring day feels far removed,
when covered in the mud or frost or drought of life,
know your promises were made to withstand any storm.

Even though leaning and breaking, as fences tend to do,
they remind you to whom you belong and where home is,
anchoring you if you lose your way,
pointing you back to the gate you once entered.

Once there you will remember the gift of today:
a community of faith and our God blessed
this opened gate, these fences, and most of all your love
as you feast with joy on the richness of His spring pasture.

3 thoughts on “Epithalamion–The Pasture Gate Opens

  1. What a beautiful metaphor for the sacredness and the reality of the Sacrament of marriage….what a wonderful gift for this young couple — the passing on of Wisdom from one generation to another. I hope someone reads this to Jim and Breanna during their celebration.

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  2. Alice,

    they asked that I read something for their wedding reception and this is what I wrote, so will indeed get to read it today! And it is a brilliantly sunny day for their wedding! Emily

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