These hands holding you on your weddding day are the hands of your best friend,
young and strong and full of love for you as you promise to love each other
today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your 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 and grief wracks 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 your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strenth 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
This was the first reading at our wedding 6 years ago. That day I held my best friends hand and said "I do" in front of our family and friends. Since then he has held my hand through moves, job changes, silliness, challenges, celebrations, the birth of our darling daughters and much, much more. Chris, I love you with all my heart. I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that I can face whatever it brings as long as you are beside me holding my hand.