24 years ago on a rainy February evening I sang a song that I’d written from the heart, and I sang it in front of a whole bunch of family and friends. There were a lot of people in the room, but I really sang the song to just one person – my new wife. On February 20, 1993 Aleta and I made a covenant before God and our guests, that we were going to do the hard work of loving, extending mercy, and building a life together that glorified God for as many days as God would give us. That night I sang these lyrics:
I’m just a little child Who’s found a little girl who makes my heart beat wild I used to ask could dreams ever come true Now I know – God gave me you
A woman leaves her home A boy fumbles along – a man in which to grow There are waves ahead that we have never seen But we’ll sail together through the sea
Chorus: We’ll stand – when passion grows and life is strong We’ll stand – when tears roll down and doubts grow long We’ll stand – the joy and pain held hand in hand We’ll stand – whatever comes, we’ll stand
We’ll play in gardens built by the father’s hand We’ll shed a little light in a dark and thirsty land I’ll catch the leaves that fall from the tree A gift to you from me
I know where you come from Sculpted and shaped by the Master’s touch Showered on me by my Father above In return, all I can give is love
I read these lyrics now, and I remember how that young kid wrote and sang this song out of great hope but didn’t have a clue as to how the next two decades would play out. But as I re-read these lyrics this week, and as I hear the tune in my head, I’m stunned by the ways God has been so good to us and blessed us with the fact that we’re celebrating 24 years of marriage. We came together as two very flawed human beings, and yet God has rendered a gracious beauty in our marriage 24 years later. Aleta joins me in agreeing, God gets all the credit for the fact that we’re still standing!