Still Standing

img_034424 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

Chorus:

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!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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