As I reflect on marriage during the celebration of our 28th year of marriage, I am reminded of a song from The Greatest Showman movie called Tightrope {Songwriters: Benj Pasek / Justin Paul, Tightrope lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Fox Music, Inc} By the way, if you have not seen this film, and you adore great movie musicals, you must find it to watch!

Tightrope imagines a relationship as walking the tightrope, never knowing what is next, but holding on to one another’s hand to balance one another. Some lyrics:

Some people long for a life that is simple and planned
Tied with a ribbon
Some people won’t sail the sea ’cause they’re safer on land
To follow what’s written
But I’d follow you to the great unknown
Off to a world we call our own
Hand in my hand and we promised to never let go
We’re walking the tightrope
High in the sky
We can see the whole world down below
We’re walking the tightrope
Never sure, never know how far we could fall
But it’s all an adventure
That comes with a breathtaking view
Walking the tightrope With you
The winding road of any relationship, no matter how long, is that there will be moments of great joy along with moments of great sorrow. Sometimes we experience both at the same time. But you make a choice each day to walk along side those whom you love, and hold their hand through whatever comes along next.
Thirty years ago I met a young man from Alabama who was very intelligent, quirky and unique, and full of compassion for others. If you know our story, then you know that he figured out he liked me pretty quickly. It took me a bit more time.
We spent a lot of time together one summer during seminary, and became good friends. I enjoyed his company, we had lots of mini adventures together, and most of all, he made me laugh. The like grew to love, and for all these many years we have held each other’s hand as we walked the tightrope of life together.
Nothing earth shattering about anything I have said, and I realize that. However, Jimmy and I really have known some wonderful moments of great joy, but we have also experienced moments of great sorrow and heartache too. Through it all, we stood firmly in our faith, and held onto each other’s hand as we moved through each experience together. We are still holding hands, having mini adventures together, and I look forward to many more!
All my love to my best friend Jimmy,

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