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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It was 20 years ago today...

No, not Sargent Pepper, but 20 years ago today Melissa and I were married! 

It was a long time ago. We were young, idealistic and in love. Looking back, I wouldn't change that decision for the world! However, looking at the picture maybe I should have cut out a cheeseburger or two;) 

I've been reflecting on this great milestone and how we got here. As ususal, music connects with me and my feelings. There are two songs that put my feelings into words. Fred Hammond's "Lord Your Grace" and Dylan's "Covenant Woman".  (No video for Dylan, bummer.)

In many ways it's only due to the grace of God and our commitment (and in many way's Melissa's patience) that we're still together. I give all honor to my Lord and Savior. 

Melissa, I love you. Let's go for 20 more! 

Covenant Woman - Bob Dylan

Covenant woman got a contract with the Lord
Way up yonder, great will be her reward.
Covenant woman, shining like a morning star,
I know I can trust you to stay where you are.

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend.
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be.

I've been broken, shattered like an empty cup.
I'm just waiting on the lord to rebuild and fill me up
And I know he will do it 'cause he's faithful and he's true,
He must have loved me so much to send me someone as fine as you.


Covenant woman, intimate little girl
Who knows those most secret things of me that are hidden from the world.
You know we are strangers in a land we're passing through.
I'll always be right by your side, I've got a covenant too.



  1. yeaahahahahahh

  2. 20 years. that's sweet. quality pic. did you guys get married when you were 12?


  3. Holy 80s, Batman! Between the hair and the svelt physique, I never would have recognized you. Congrats.