Marriage Thoughts

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about marriage and being married and staying married.

I get the privilege of delivering the homily at my sister-in-law’s wedding this coming May. In preparation, I have a running list of ideas and thoughts and references on my Evernote account. One of them is just a mention of Andrew Peterson’s song, “Dancing In The Minefields.”

Like “Poison & Wine” from The Civil Wars, Peterson’s song captures part of the beautiful paradox of loving someone and marrying them. “Dancing in the Minefields” is a song I wish I would have written to Kassie. Beautiful, true, honest, feels like our story (I was 19 and she was 20 when we got engaged. We bought our rings on the cheap.).

The music video is below the lyrics for you to enjoy.

“Dancing In The Minefields”
by: Andrew Peterson

I was nineteen, you were twenty-one
The year we got engaged
Everyone said we were much too young
But we did it anyway

We bought our rings for forty each
From a pawn shop down the road
We made our vows and took the leap
Now fifteen years ago

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

“I do” are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I’ve heard
Is a good place to begin

‘Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price
For the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, ’til the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadowlands
Till the shadows disappear

‘Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos, baby,
I can dance with you


About Brian Phillips

Brian lives in Spain with Kassie and their kids.
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