This was the poem I wrote for my wedding – it started out to be a poem but then became a very long prayer.
THE LONG ROAD
Words and feelings of David A. Stanton and Debb Stanton
Composed by Debbie Loesel Stanton
It took us a long time to arrive at today.
Seventeen years of joy, heartache and remorse.
Nine years of continued friendship but separation, realizing what we had lost.
We thank God for cancer and unemployment, since those were the vehicles that brought us back together again.
Thank You, Lord, for never giving up on us
and for your grace that saves and frees us.
You give us free will
but you always remembered the covenant we first made together.
As it says in Romans 8:28 (with our loose paraphrase),
All things work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
We believe it is your purpose for us
to walk this road together as one
to love and be with one another eternally.
The road we are on now is just the beginning, as Heaven is our true home and we
will be together there as well.
Jeremiah 29:11 states that you have given us a future and a hope, that you desire
good for us and not evil.
How well we can attest to that in our lives!
Debb has always called You “The God of the Second Chance” – because You let us learn through choices and just living in general, and You never turn Your back on us,
but let us try things again.
We would like the love you have given us for each other to be examples of how You
love your bride, the Church.
We are eternally grateful to you
and so desire to bring glory to Your name.
Thank You for this marriage,
and may we always live this life to honor You.
We love You now and forever
and are thankful the road is long
because it starts here and goes into eternity.