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The Marriage Creed

Comfort each other
Provide a refuge and a sanctuary for each other from the chill winds of the world.
Your marriage is a hearth, from whence come the peace and warmth of spirit.

Listen to each other
Hear not only words, but also the non-language of tone, mood and expression.
Learn to listen to understand rather than to argue.

Caress as you would be caressed.
Warm your loved one's body with your healing touch.
Remember as infants fail to thrive from lack of touching, so marriages wither from lack of closeness.

Respect each other's rights
Remember that each person is an individual entitled to personal choices and mistakes.
Each owns him/herself and has the right to equality.

Be a friend and a partner
Friendship can be a peaceful island, separate and apart, I a world of turmoil and strife.
Reflect upon the tranquility of the many future years you can share with a true friend; don't become enemies under the same roof.

Allow the other to be an individual
Seek not to create for each other a new mold that can only fit with much discomfort and pain, accept the uniqueness of the other.

Be open with each other
Bind not yourselves in the secretness that causes suspicion and doubt.
Trust and reveal yourselves to each other.

Cherish your union
Let nothing come between your togetherness - not a child, not a friend, nor worldly goods.

Give each other approval
Criticism divides; compliments encourage confidence.
Hasten not to point out the other's mistakes, for each will soon discover his/her own.

Love one another
Love is your River of Life, your eternal source of recreating yourselves.
Above all else - Love One Another!

-Author Unknown


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