It was Saturday morning, 17 years ago…
The day has finally arrived. Debbie and I are getting ready to travel from Oberlin, OH to Columbus, OH. The excitement is in the air. We’re going to finally do it, again. Again? Yes, we are going to do it again. We tried to do it before on February 14th but, words got in the way.
Did you know that one of the most powerful forces on the earth is the power of your confession? Words have the power to bring life or bring death. We have to be ever so careful about what we speak. I say this because on February 14th we were going to do this and it didn’t happen because of a negative confession.
It was a Wednesday afternoon, Debbie was just getting out of school. She was so excited. We were going to complete this thing today. We were going to pull the trigger. We’re going to do it!! The only thing that can stop us now is a flat tire!!!! Guess what happened, immediately after she said that? You guessed it… a flat tire!!! The hardest phone call that she could make was the one that followed. With broken heart and eyes filled with tears, I listened to her quivering voice as she relayed the latest happenings. She apologized profusely. It was okay. I wasn’t mad. I was just glad that she wasn’t hurt. She had a blowout on the freeway going 60+ miles an hour. Her tire was shredded. God had her covered and for this I was happy.
But, March 9, 1996, we go to pickup her parents for our trip to Columbus. We had to have the whole family there. This thing is for real and we wanted everyone to be a part. Uh-oh!! Why aren’t her parents dressed? It’s time to go. We still have another 2 hours before we even get to Columbus and we still need to eat!!! Why are they trippin’? Today ain’t about them!! We already discussed this… Oh well, they’ve made their decision not to hang with us today. This ride to Columbus just made a HUGE shift!!!
We arrive at my parent’s house in Columbus. Where did all of these people come from? I know that we wanted everyone to be involved but this is a bit too much. Debbie goes upstairs to change clothes and I’m in the basement getting ready. Jermaine and I just finished conspiring about a song that I’m going to do. All is ready…
I look around my parent’s living room and Bishop Steele, Aunt Olivia, my cousin Sandra from Milwaukee and her pastor, my parents and others are all here. The brightness from all the smiles is starting to hurt my eyes. I need my sunglasses on!! I’ll sure be glad when Debbie comes downstairs. Everyone is waiting for her, as usual!!! :-)
Finally, here she comes!!! She has on a cream colored 2-piece suit, just beautiful. I look at Jermaine and he starts playing that song we were talking about… Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. I serenade her, in front of everybody!!! You see, at this point, I don’t care what anyone thinks about it because they are going to be seeing a whole lot more of her. The thing that I didn’t tell you was that today is our Wedding Day.
My life hasn’t been the same since that day. It all began with a simple proclamation that started powerful and wonderful journey. That proclamation was, “I, Jackie Smith Jr. take you Deborah Jayne Colbert to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.”
This journey has been full of ups and downs. I’ve been a great husband. I’ve been an… let’s just say an un-great husband. But, one thing hasn’t changed…
Debbie Jayne, I love you. I am honored to your husband and my life wouldn’t be the same without you. Happy Anniversary!!!
I love you ALL!!!