We started the ceremony with our favorite hymn, Be Thou My Vision. It was our prayer for our life together.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
We were just spring chickens on that day so many years ago. Me 20, him 22. Full of life and excitement. There was so much on the horizon, so many things to look ahead to.
I wasn’t nervous one bit. Just downright thrilled and exhilarated. I was finally gonna marry the man I truly loved. There were no thoughts of what if this is the wrong guy or Maybe I’m too young. No doubts or worries. Pure fullness of joy.
And to this day, 10 years later, I have yet to question the decision I made on that day.
Much has happened in those years. We have traveled, moved, changed careers paths, joined the ministry, furthered education, had car accidents, watched grandparents pass away and brought children into the world. We’ve experienced financial woes of all kinds, with schooling, broke-down cars, floods and wind-torn roof’s. There has been infertility, pounds gained, adoption papers, child development meetings and child diagnosis’.
Sorrow, depression, burn-out and loss.
But with all of the trial God has washed us in His love, provision and joy. Friends and family have risen up to bless us in times of need. All because of God’s grace.
And all His mercy began on September 18th, 2004 the day we decided to do all this together. There is blessing in companionship. The embrace at the end of the day when everything seems chaotic, my constant God-given companion is there by my side, as my partner for it all.
Although it’s not always roses living with another human-being. Although one of us has wrestless-leg syndrome which is irritating at night and one of us bites his nails which is totally gross. Toilet paper rolls are put on wrong and one of us always asks the other one to play with her hair when he is way too tired to do it.
We are on the same team. Working towards the same goal. And that is to finish this race of life faithful to God, and by doing so, faithful to each other.
What a gift.
I am so thankful for the gift my husband is to me. And I hope these past 10 years are just the beginning. I hope for many more decade’s. And as long as the Lord Will’s me to live, I will stand by my love as his constant companion. I will continue to be a soft place for him to land when life gets heavy. Because this whole life thing can be tragic. But together we can do it. And we will do it.
10 years ago today, I started a most beautiful journey. And I expect the next ten will be met with even more grace from God. And so I dedicate the years to come to Christ. Keep us faithful. Keep us humble. Make us more Holy. Let us finish the race well. And let us never forget our vows along the way.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.