The marriage of Prince Harry and Megan, actor, American, of mixed race and with all the usual pomp, splendour and pageantry of a ‘royal’ wedding occurred on Saturday May 19th, 2018. Just another royal wedding? For those with eyes to SEE, ears to HEAR and hearts to be truly receptive this day should be REMEMBERED.
FIRE and ICE.
Kingdom of God – Kingdoms of mankind.
In every way this was a beautiful wedding. Like thousands of people around the world I marvelled at the pageantry, the absolute beauty of what only the British are able to do when it comes to splendour and pomp. People in the street responded. I personally loved every moment of it. It was a glorious day. The streets and the people were happy and millions around the world were focussing on this ONE OCCASION.
The marriage in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor proceeded with its traditional beauty, rituals of ‘holiness’ and ‘rightness’. Everything progressed smoothly, organised and precisely programmed. The Anglican Archbishop and the Dean spoke on sanctity of marriage and mentioned the ‘unique’ and unusual joining of these two young persons (from very different backgrounds when joined could together be a new vehicle of change in the world by their recognised authority and status.). The Archbishop then invited the Archbishop from the American Episcopalian church to speak.
His face when he came to the podium was radiant. It was obvious to all who had eyes to ‘see’ beyond the ethnicity of the man (ie is an African/American) the light on his face was of the Spirit of God.
He spoke with such power, authority and deep, deep, conviction many of the faces in the congregation were held in ‘rapt’ astonished fascination. He spoke about the redemptive POWER of LOVE and the absolute need for this love to sweep the entirety of our world. He spoke from the book of Solomon and quoted from Martin Luther King on a few occasions. He looked at the young couple and said they could go on to be symbolic of what redemptive love is all about but first………Everyone must LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, MIND,SOUL, SPIRIT AND BODY…..and then, then. love yourself and LOVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WITH THIS LOVE.
In that place where it was usually not ‘seemly’ to be passionate about things. “stiff upper lip” your courage. when something happened. expressions on many faces changed. Dawning on many faces seemed to show what we should be as CHRISTIANS suddenly registered.
Some remained ‘shocked’. (Others had a look like …..this is a trifle unseemly.)
The bride and groom appeared gently contented and smiled. An American gospel choir then sang STAND BY ME. The music of Handel. and violin pieces played by a gifted musician streamed around the church followed after by what usually occurs at such special occasions.
But…….but…. I am left with the strong heart conviction that God spoke through that man in that place……beamed to millions around the world………LISTEN! listen!
The message for our day is clear. One God, One Kingdom, all must accept the REDEMPTIVE POWER of LOVE……..(found only at the CROSS of Christ).
Wow! Something to think about as this new week progresses.
Another fire and ice image …when the two meet real change IS possible.