For John and Maya
At the Royal Palms Resort
In Phoenix, Arizona
On May 27th 2018
Patience is waiting before you climb to the top.
It is reaching that point together.
It’s looking down at the tree line with a complete perspective.
Kindness is as gentle as spring’s first flower.
It is as soft as morning rain.
It’s a leaf holding up a clear raindrop with impossible strength.
Perseverance is a will that does not bend.
It is a quiet resolve in the middle of a heavy breath.
It’s pushing against the easy anger and relying on present hope.
Trust might not be on time, but it is never too late.
It might be surprised, but it will rise to the occasion.
It may make mistakes, but it won’t let you down.
Hope springs forth.
It comes in waves that ring life.
It is the joy of a new marriage.
Protection is sacrificing self.
It is putting your safety between a bullet and a target.
It’s a call to service and a lifetime pursuit.
Love never fails.
It never gives up.
Remember that Love brought us all here for this ceremony.
May we, your friends and family,
stand with you and be for you.
May we be a testament to the life you start together today.