Sunday Reading :: Week 5

And we're back with Sunday reading, click **HERE** if you want to catch up on previous posts. Today's poem is by the elusive Roy Croft, there is a fair amount of controversy over whether he actually existed or was a pseudonym for a publishing company. Regardless, I heard this twice at weddings last year and think it's just beautiful.

Love by Roy Croft

I love you, not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.
I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.

I love you for the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked quite far enough to find.

I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern but a temple;
Out of the works of my every day
Not a reproach but a song.

I love you because you have done
More than any creed could have done to make me good,
And more than any fate could have done to make me happy.

You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.

The first time I heard "Love" was at Corey & Isaiah's wedding in Maudslay State Park. After surprising Corey with a daisy chain tiara, Isaiah pulled out his blackberry to read his bride this poem and everyone just melted:

Happy Sunday. What are you up to? I'm running out the door to do a mini engagement shoot - I laugh in the face of rain and snow.


  1. Oh No! You are going to put all the readings I want at my wedding on your blog. This is one of my favorites :)

  2. This is gorgeous! I love Sunday Readings!

  3. More Sunday Readings please! We get coffee and sit and read them and I missed it last week!