Jason Mraz/Kahlil Gibran Wedding Blessings

One of the excellent services provided by wordpress is that it shows you all the search terms people use to find your blog. Yesterday, for example, someone came here after searching for “how to make a mold of a buttcheek”. Best. Search phrase. Ever. I can’t believe I had a post that sort of matched it.

At least once a day though, someone gets here after searching for “Jason Mraz wedding blessings” or “Gibran marriage quotes” or “Mraz wedding song” or something along those lines. As my public service for the week, here’s a little information to help those who want to include a little Jason Mraz, or Kahlil Gibran, when planning their nuptials.

If you are looking for the song Jason Mraz wrote for his sister’s wedding, it’s called “God Rests in Reason”, although some people have it tagged “God Moves Through You”. A live version is on Selections for Friends, or you can have a look through archive.org for other versions; I’ve posted the lyrics below. It’s a great song, even if his sister wound up divorced.

The ProphetThe lyrics from that song are based on the book The Prophet, “one of the beloved classics of our time,” according to the dust jacket, and dust jackets are never wrong. It was written by Kahlil Gibran, a poet, philosopher, and artist, 1883-1931.

There are a lot of great lines in the book that could be used for a wedding ceremony, as evidenced by the episode of The Wonder Years where Karen has her hippie wedding with Ross Gellar and mom Norma reads this passage:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

And so on. To all of you planning your weddings: Enjoy the book, enjoy the music, enjoy your marriage, and enjoy a happy, healthy, highly Mrazturbationatory life together.

God Rests in Reason

you were born together
and together ye shall be forever
until death should scatter
it wouldn’t matter in the memory of God above
let the wind of heaven dance between you too
allow the space and time to bring you closer to everlasting love
cause God moves
what do you do
God moves through you

when love beckons
his ways are often hard and steep
when his wings unfold
ye yield to all he speaks
the soul it might be hidden there among his pinions
oh you may wear a wound that truly spoke to you
believe in all that voice and follow through
follow so on and on

what do you do when God moves through you
what do you do
say i do
i do

just remember love possesses nothing
nor would it ever be possessed
oh love is love sufficient unto love
and you can figure out the rest

your children will not be your children
they are the daughters and the son of a beginning
they’ll come through your womb but not be coming from you
they will be with you but do not belong to you
you may give them your love but not your thoughts
then they’ll arrive with their own hearts
they’re the coming of angels this blessed season
and then they’ll sing oh how God rests in reason
God rests in reason

so what do you do
ooh when God moves through you
what do you do
say i do
i do

think not you can direct the course of
love itself directs the course allowed
believe not God is in your heart, child
but rather you’re in the heart of God

what do you do
say i do
i do
i do

think not you can direct the course of
love itselfs directs the course allowed
believe not God is in your heart, child
but rather you’re in the heart of God

what do you do
ooh when God moves through you
remember God rests in reason
say i do
i do


2 responses to “Jason Mraz/Kahlil Gibran Wedding Blessings

  • Jessica

    It’s sadly ironic that this blog was about weddings, as I had no idea the origins of the song until just now. I just know that a friend died this morning, an unreasonable occurrence if ever there was one, and this song coming up on my iPod moved me to the tears that I hadn’t yet been able to spill. Beautiful and so poignant today. Thank you for the blog, and thank you Mr. Gibran and Mr. Mraz for your profound grace with words.

  • Bill

    Four years ago, I fell in love. Which is so strange, as I was married before this. When it happened, I had been divorced for two years. I had pretty much resigned myself to touch-and-go relationships, when I tripped across this one, particular, woman.

    We spent the better part of two years falling further and further in love. And then, abruptly, it ended. And I realized, for the first time, what heart ache felt like. In the two years since we broke it off, I’ve tried again – hoping for that lightening to strike again. It never has.

    I remember reading somewhere, or the other, that you know who you’re supposed to be with when they are the first thing you think of when you wake up, and they are the last thing you think of before you fall asleep. I’ve spent every morning, and night, with images of her in my mind.

    I finally took the chance, and contacted her. And, much to my surprise, she wanted to meet up and talk. We spent the rest of that night within breathing distance of one another, and I told her about this song. She looked at me, and pulled up the song on her computer. She had been listening to it just a little earlier that day – just after she had gotten back from work, just after 5. Which was, near as we can figure, exactly the same time that I was listening to it. And working up the courage to try to contact her.

    I don’t know if there is any greater power, I hope there is, otherwise I’m prattling on for nothing. But, for the two of us, miles, and years, apart, to be listening at nearly the same time to the same song…it makes me want to believe in magic, God and love. Maybe they’re all one in the same.

    None of that really matter, all that does, is that I want to thank you for the song, for the love and for the courage.

    Nothing is like it was, but it feels a little better.

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