Below is the most beautiful wedding song in the world, my husband the composer. The words seem to hold more significance today than when they were so tenderly song by a life-long friend 30 years ago.
"Once in Every Life" by William G. Wright
Flowers lay on the ground, white lace adorns her gown.
Down thru the ages precious this time when love ones are gathered round.
Quietly vows are made,
Silently prayers are prayed,
Once in every life, someone comes along and love begins.
Once in every life, dreamers make their dreams come true.
Passing down of life unending,
God's eternal plan for man.
Still the same through time descending,
Starts with just the holding of a hand...
After the last "I Do,"
Love will come shining through.
Hope for tomorrow,
Joy for today,
Life will begin anew.
Even as years will pass,
The flame kindled here will last.
God's perfect union, holy, devine,
It's richness is unsurpassed...
Once in every life,
What is life without the living,
Daring to be someone new?
What is life without the giving?
Sharings only possible with two...
Once in every life
Someone comes along and love begins
Through the joy and through the strife,
This love will last forever
Now as man and wife,
A bond no one can sever.
God's true love comes only
Once in every life
The gift for a 30 year wedding anniversary is a pearl. Knowing the pearl story makes the gift even more appropriate, because only through different struggles in a marriage can we enjoy the jewel it produces.
So this weekend we leave to go back to where our love ignited.
Hand in hand, strolling down over 30 years of memories will bring us back to younger years. Gazing in each other's eyes with desire that has been tried and true will remind us of the foundation our love was built on. Laughing at how things have changed, as well as us, will remind us how physically everything changes. Returning home, having recalled our vows and God's faithfulness, we will have rekindled our love and commitment to our marriage covenant. An anniversary celebrated with each other will establish once again why I said, "I do".