As mentioned in the previous post, Jennifer & I have been together for over 20 years. Exactly one month after that first date in 1994, we had our first big argument. We were on our way to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in New Orleans. The Newboys opened the concert with their newly released “SHINE” show and SCC had just released “Heaven in the Real World.” It was a fantastic concert. And though we’d already began working through our disagreement, SCC put the finishing touches on the night with a song he’d just written for his wife, “Love and Learn.”
“Love and Learn” is not the typical mushy romantic song. It’s a song that gets to the nuts and bolts of sticking with your special someone through thick and thin: learning from the mistakes we make together; trusting in God in every circumstance; and growing old together.
Marriage is hard work. But anything of value is worth working for. We’ve been through a lot together. Our home in Meridian is now the fourth home we’ve shared. We’re blessed with two fabulous children. God called us to the places we work. There’s nothing in this world I’d trade for the wonderful life Jennifer and I share together. Here’s the lyrics from “Love and Learn” that still fit so well in our life together:
Echoes of careless words and slamming doors
Are still ringing in the night.
I’ve taken my side and you’ve taken yours.
We’re both wrong and we’re both right.
Once again misunderstanding has turned us into enemies.
I will forgive you, will you forgive me?
Love and learn, that’s what we will do.
Love and learn through the flood and through the flame.
This world will turn and the seasons will change.
But there’s nothing we can’t get through
As long as we both hold on to the hand of God and each other
And take a lifetime to love and learn.
We start out believing we know love so well.
But through the years we find
True love is a story only time can tell.
And God has made this lifetime yours and mine.
So until that day when one of us
Has to lay the other in the arms of Jesus
I will be with you and you will be with me…to love and learn.
We’ve had plenty of ups and downs over the years. But through it all, we’ve depended on God to carry us. So, here we are, 20 years after that first argument and approaching 17 years of marriage. We look forward to continuing to love and learn in the future.
Happy Valentine’s Day Jennifer!!!