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This Is Water

My son Graham forwarded me a brilliant video made from a brilliant commencement speech that -- even though it's apparently from 2005 -- I hadn't seen or heard of before.

Have I told you lately that I love you?

My late father in law, Frank, had a habit of singing, out loud to himself, as he did little projects around the house. The man was a retired Marine Corp Colonel and when I first met him I was intimidated by his sometimes gruff exterior, but boy he had a heart the size of Montana, and boy he loved to sing songs.
Or should I say one part of one verse of songs: He'd settle on one line of a song, and sing it over and over, all day long.
The song, or verse, itself would change from year to year: Mary and I would go down to Key West and visit them once or twice a year and you never knew what he'd have settled on.
One year, I remember, it was Frank's version of (Rod Stewart's version of) Van Morrison's, "Have I told you lately."
And what a great song that is - and deeply spiritual. Apparently Morrison wrote it as a love song, describing how he felt about God:  
Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there's no one else above you?    Fill my he…