The unity sand ceremony enables a bridal couple to celebrate the joy of their blessed union. But it can also honor the bride and groom’s hopes and dreams, not only for themselves, but for all humanity. It is in this spirit that the Peacemaker sand ceremony palette by Sharon Vaz was created.
I intend with this tranquil color palette to honor the peacemakers of the world. Peacemakers face great challenges in our time, as wars rage throughout the earth. Misunderstandings and strife abound. The peacemaker serves as the hero, creating unity where divisions have reigned supreme.
This unique color palette complements wedding themes of white, light blue, silver, and brown. The seven-layer palette is appropriate for six participants; therefore, it is highly recommended for a blended family sand ceremony.
By using the Peacemaker palette in their sand ceremony, the couple honors various aspects of peace-making. Each color highlights one specific attribute of peacemaking. In this way, the entire sand ceremony becomes a peacemaking celebration.
What Do the Hues in the Peacemaker Palette Symbolize?
The foundation layer is aqua, symbolizing a reservoir of peace and a deep sense of tranquility. The peacemaker draws upon this reservoir of peace as an internal resource that aids in ministry to individuals in conflict. We are reminded of the “rivers of living water” found in John 7:13 in the New American Standard Bible, which states, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From this innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
The chocolate brown in the sand ceremony signals the pursuit of truth. The peacemaker allows individuals to come to terms with their hurts and fears – the deep pain which is the residue from traumatic events. By pursuing truth, the peacemaker restores order and stability. Meanwhile, moon shadow denotes the resilience found in many effective peacemakers. In the face of opposition from people they are counseling or mediating, peacemakers stand firm, yet serene.
Perhaps most importantly, the white in the sand ceremony palette embodies forgiveness. The Bible speaks constantly of the need to forgive – no matter what the offense. We are called to forgive not just occasionally, but every day. Christianity teaches us that forgiveness is the key to emotional healing and unity among believers. It is the calming salve that heals our deepest hurts.
The pastel pink in the sand ceremony represents the gentle spirit of the peacemaker, despite the messy situations and conflict which rule the world. The soft whisper of the peacemaker can soothe the noisy chaos that often threatens our serenity. Tangerine demonstrates the power of God’s abundant grace, as seen in the peacemaker’s response to life’s difficulties. The glow of the tangerine symbolizes the peacemaker’s bright light shining in a lost and hurting world.
The Peacemaker palette works well with bouquets containing “aqua” roses, Hyachintus orientalis “Anna Marie” (hyacinth), white peonies, white hydrangeas, soft blue hydrangeas and orange calla lillies.
Peacemakers everywhere should embrace the Peacemaker color palette, for it speaks to their deepest desires. It creates a treasured keepsake which immortalizes not only a marriage, but the life of the peacemaker. It is a stirring reminder of the miracles that the peacemaker can work – not just in one community, but in the world at large.