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25 Years--In His Name

DSC03529_2What a joy it has been for me (Ryan) to spend the past twenty-five years with Dina--the love of my life.  We were married in a little church in Nampa, Idaho on December 11, 1987.  We were still in college, living in student housing, drove a very used car, the Berlin Wall was still standing, the stock market was reeling from Black Monday and we only had enough money and financial aid available for one of us to continue attending college.  Yet, we were in love and living for the God who is Love.

A lot has changed in our world over the past twenty-five years.  The stock market has gone up and down and up and down again.  There have been wars and rumors of wars.  We have owned four different houses, lived in thirteen different dwellings, worked at scores of different jobs, added a few more degrees along the way (Dina did finish her degree), been blessed by two precious daughters and have spent the last seven years living in a foreign country.

Thankfully, there are a couple of things that haven't changed over the past twenty-five years.  Dina and I (Ryan) are still in love and still serving the God who is Love.

Below is a video clip from our wedding of me (Ryan) singing to Dina a song I wrote for her.  It is called, "Forever, In His Name." The words are from my heart.  I meant them then and I mean them now, "The happiest day in my life, was when into my life you came.  And I'll love you precious Dina, forever, in His name."

 

Forever, In His Name

by Ryan M. Roberts

 

Here we are, the day it’s finally here;

In the presence of our friends, and family so dear.

We planned and hoped and dreamed and shared,

From deep within our hearts.

And in His name we will be one and we shall never part.


As we care together, share together,

Live our lives as one;

Looking to the light of God, following His Son.

May our lives and our love

Show the world why Jesus came.

As we join our hands forever,

And walk this life together,

In His name.

 

You know this life will have its way,

Full of glad and sad times too.

I’ll be right there, by your side;

To protect and care for you.

And though the storms may blow and toss and turn us

Round and round.

We’ll stand strong, hand in hand

For our love is built on Holy ground.

 

As we care together, share together,

Live our lives as one;

Looking to the light of God, following His Son.

May our lives and our love show the world why Jesus came.

As we join our hands forever,

And walk this life together,

In His name.

 

Oh my little friend you are so precious to me.

My love for you goes far beyond any earthly I can see.

Your heart of love, your hair of brown,

And your sparkling eyes of blue;

Are yet a glimpse of the lovely treasure,

Found within you.

 

Others say there is a love that goes deeper than the word,

Until you came into my life it was a feeling I only heard.

But through our time together I’ve found stirring in my heart,

A tender, loving way within, of which you’re very much a part.

 

The happiest day in my life, was when into my life you came.

And I’ll love you precious Dina,

Forever, In His name.

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