“Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
40 Days of Country – Day #33 – Lent 2016
Born Randy Traywick, the country star fans knows as Randy Travis is one of the few names on our list that has also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With over ten years of successes, with fifty popular singles and 16 number 1 hits on Billboard, Randy Travis made the shocking turn in 1997 to dedicate himself solely to Gospel Country music. While “Three Wooden Crosses,” released that year, would easily lend itself to this list, it was his iconic, deep baritone vocals on the 1987 hit, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” that truly launched his career.
The music video for “Forever and Ever, Amen,” picks up exactly where you might expect the song to land, at a traditional wedding ceremony. Travis holds little back as he sings about the commitment between a loving couple on their wedding day, singing, “If you wonder how long I’ll be faithful, I’ll be happy to tell you again. I’m gonna love you, forever and ever, forever and ever, amen.” It is the promise from one partner to another, in the form of a prayer, and so, a commitment to God as well, to be faithful to the vows made in marriage.
Certainly, the vows made on our wedding day are important in biblical theology, but unfortunately, as we know, earthly romance does not always end the way we might intend. However, there is one love in the Bible that we can be absolutely certain will never die. As Psalm 100:5 reminds us, “the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.” No matter the experience we have with love in this world, we can be certain that the love our God and our Savior has for us is eternal, and by the gift of that love, it extends far beyond this life into the life everlasting, “forever and ever, amen.”
God of love, we thank you for that love that you so graciously offer to each and every one of us. Enable us to respond to that love through loving faith in you and loving works towards every person we encounter. Amen.