SPOUSE1 and SPOUSE2, today you are making a commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship will symbolized through this blending of sand.
I will pour the first layer of plain sand, to symbolize that the marriage is grounded on a strong, common foundation and an equal partnership.
Consider your own containers of sand now. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. These containers represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique.
SPOUSE2, please pour a layer of your sand, showing your commitment to brining all of your individual gifts to this union.
Now, SPOUSE1, please pour a layer of your sand, showing your commitment to brining all of your individual gifts to this union.
Now, the two of you, pour together, to combine your sands.
When the two are blended, together they represent an entirely new and extraordinary loving relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. The life that each of you have experienced until now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your lives be.
A 5th layer can be added by the minister, plain or white sand on top of all the rest, to represent God’s blessing to the union.
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