Paul and Pat were that married couple which all newlyweds embarking on married life together aspire to become. Every married couple intends our vows to last forever, but sadly that is not the case with over half of us. For those couples, like Pat and Paul, their love is eternal and the bond they formed together when they wed cannot be broken, even by the passing of one of them to the other side of the green sod.
Rest assured, Paul, that Pat will be looking down on you today. The first breeze past you will be her spiritual kiss, and that increased pressure in the palm of your hand is hers entwined with yours as she holds hands with you once more, and that skipped heart-beat is but a brief memory of the first time you looked into each other’s eyes and spoke those magic words, “I Love you, Pat” and she replied, “I love you too, Paul”. Pat is with you today and all the remaining days before you, Paul. She never left you. The love you two had together never died. It lasts ‘Longer than time itself’. Indeed, it is such love as expressed by one human to another that makes the earth turn on its axis of wedded eternity. This song was selected and sung especially for you, Paul. We have never met, but the love of your dear wife is evident to even a stranger across the Atlantic Ocean. Thank you for being my Facebook friend and enjoy your special day. Bill.
My song today is ‘Longer Than’. This song was written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. Released as a single in late 1979, the song became Dan Fogelberg's highest-charting hit of his career, reaching the Number 2 spot on the ‘in March 1980.
Eternity means ‘longer than time can imagine’, and time was never a boundary that acted as a barrier between Pat and Paul whom we think of today. When two people are deeply in love with each other, their love will endure even lengthy periods apart. True love is only grounded in hearts that are prepared to return with interest the love the other deposits there. When two people are destined to be together, love gives them their first taste of eternal bliss; their physical and spiritual being become inextricably blended, and an insight into the heaven of each other is retained when they pass from this life to the next. Their journey together starts at ‘forever’ and only ends at ‘never’.
Everything and everyone around two people who are passionately in the throes of love will innocently pass them by, for they exist in an orbit and an eternity of love that remains as constant as their open hearts with eyes for no other. The way we know that love is ‘true’ is when it seeks nothing in return, for it exists in a space that can only be measured by the rule of the heart. It is the one thing mankind is prepared to sacrifice all for, the one thing that allows us on earth to dwell closer to paradise.
Love and peace