Saturday, September 10th open thread: ‘Thank You’
What you say? Why is this week’s open thread coming on Saturday instead of Sunday? As you have probably figured out by now I am dispensing with the normal formalities of the open thread because last night was my 27th wedding anniversary.
As is our custom we are headed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the Gaslight, for our anniversary getaway. To say that this year has added meaning to me would be an understatement.
Regular readers of America’s Watchtower may recall what I was going through one year ago. It was the darkest period of my life and I was facing a personal crisis which eventually led me back to Jesus Christ.
Since I met Lauri way back when she has been my best friend and my soulmate. She has always been my rock but never so much as she was last year when I needed her the most. She was so strong when I was weak.
This year paints such a different picture, I am in a much better place and I am happier than I have ever been. I am at peace and I am so grateful to God for this second chance, but it all started with Lauri. I have to admit that when we go to the Gaslight tonight I am probably going to be filled with emotion, as I was last year, but for a much different reason…
When I was a teenager I was a huge Led Zeppelin fan and I remember writing the words to the song I am about to share with you in a card for Lauri. I also remember requesting this song at a high school dance back in the day.
I think these lyrics are more relevant to me today than they were back then and I thank you Lauri for helping me to get back on the right path. I can never fully express in words how much you mean to me, I would not be who I am today without you. I love you more than words can say and this song is for you my love.
“My love is strong, with you there is no wrong,
together we shall go until we die. My, my, my.
An inspiration is what you are to me, inspiration, look… see.
And so today, my world it smiles, your hand in mine, we walk the miles,
Thanks to you it will be done, for you to me are the only one.
Happiness, no more be sad, happiness….I’m glad.”
Here is Robert Plant singing an acoustic version of “Thank You” from 1993: