You are approaching a threshold – a significant moment, and don’t want to let the opportunity slip by without marking it in some way. You have a feeling that putting your beliefs, your life and your thoughts at the heart of a personal ceremony could be a powerful way to engage with your family and your friends. How right you are!
When we acknowledge our lives as a worthy of attention, we are saying, hey, before this moment slips away, let’s look at this. We slow down. We breathe deeper.
To create a ceremony to mark an occasion is a profoundly creative and satisfying act. It is familiar, and timeless and absolutely fresh. It is how we change our lives.
We stop to praise and celebrate love. We gather together, to rejoice at new life, we encourage and celebrate one another as we move through passages of age, work or relationship. We bear witness to the crossroads in our lives. We say good-bye.
And when we do this in community – well, that’s when we really start to sing.