Today is my 30th wedding anniversary. Thirty years ago I vowed faithfulness, friendship, and my entire future to Trudi Lynn Wilson. Apart from following Christ, it was the best decision I ever made. Trudi has shown more love, compassion, and grace than I could have ever hoped for, and far more than I deserve. She has willingly tramped all over the world with me, setting up home, family, and ministry in Portland, Berlin, two cities in Turkey, Los Angeles twice, Philadelphia, and New York. But this post isn’t a veiled attempt to get you to send notes of congratulation (though gifts are welcome). I decided today might be a good day to share a song I wrote for Trudi about five years into our marriage.
This isn’t the only song I’ve ever written for Trudi; there were quite a few before this song and more after. But I wrote this song with a different purpose than simply to communicate my affection. When we were young, Trudi and I dreamed big. We believed that God wanted us to change the world. By the time I wrote this song, we were on the mission field, about to try to open up a new unreached city, and had begun to face some hardship as a result of our commitment to follow Christ. This song was a call to renew our passionate pledge to live as a Christ-centered couple on a mission regardless of what our future held. I share it with the hope that other couples will read it and refresh their shared commitment to follow Christ and his call … no matter what.
Will You Walk With Me?
Yesterday we loved with the freedom of our youth
I was to you Boaz; to me you were my Ruth
We dreamed that our lives would change the world
We sacrificed it all to buy a precious pearl
Today we face the foes we knew that we would see
The lure to live our lives in mediocrity
But we still dream that we’ll reach our goal
We won’t let go of the hope to which we hold
Tomorrow, who can say what will lie ahead?
I just want to know it’s not been left unsaid
That I love you, I need you, I do
You’re mine, and forever I’ll walk this path with you
But with each passing week, we can choose to seek
To live to be all that we can be
Not a solitary life, but as husband and wife
I need you there to walk it next to me
Will you walk with me
Through the challenges we see before our eyes
Through the happy days and through the darkest nights?
Will you share with me
All the changes that for us are meant to be
All the pain and all the problems we might see?
Will you love with me
Touching heart to heart as each time we embrace
Holding fast the hope that sparkles from your face?
Will you walk with me…share with me…will you love with me?