Kristle & Mike: Married January 01, 2010
To cap off our wonderful week of the Art of Marriage, I am sharing an excerpt that was included in Mike and my wedding ceremony which I feel encapsulates what’s at the heart of our art of marriage (today and in the future). The excerpt is from a book that has a place in our shared history: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Enjoy!
“When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.
Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met… She smiled, and that was certainly an omen — the omen he had been [waiting for], without even knowing… The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing…
Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world…”