Did you watch the Royal Wedding? I tuned in about 45 minutes before the ceremony, box of tissues nearby. What I saw was sooo much Love radiating from St. George Chapel that it oozed through my television screen. After a day of grief and frustration, trying not to be angry, it was More than a Breath of Fresh Air.
You probably know that I have been a Prince Charles Fangirl since I was 11. Before you say it, I never thought much of Di, so don’t go there. The boys, William and Harry, I have practically raised…err..you know what I mean. The Queen and her Duke have always enthralled me, way before “The Crown”. No surprise that I have been intrigued with an American marrying into the Family. It appears to me that Ms. Meghan Markle is seriously the Real Deal. I loved Everything about the wedding–the Music, the Dresses, the Preacher, the fairy-tale ride in the carriage. It was simply splendid.
I bet the Preakness and I don’t want to talk about it…
Saturday even found us at the Old National Events Plaza to watch Olivia dance…She gets better every year!
Michael Curry, the current Bishop of the Episcopal Church, was the preacher at The Wedding. He reminded me so much of Hutch, our pastor at Old North back in the 80’s. He had a decidedly Black Church presentation, and some of the stiff-upper-lip Brits looked at him oddly, but his Message was Exquisite. (He almost re-converted me, but I’m staying a None for a while.) You should catch the sermon on YouTube when you have time and check out his style, but just in case you don’t, here’s the text of the best part…
That’s what love is. Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives, and it can change this world.
“If you don’t believe me, just stop and imagine. Think and imagine a world where love is the way.”
Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way.
Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce where this love is the way.
Imagine this tired old world where love is the way. When love is the way – unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.
When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again.
When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.
When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.
When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more.
When love is the way, there’s plenty good room – plenty good room – for all of God’s children.
“Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well… like we are actually family.
When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all, and we are brothers and sisters, children of God.
My brothers and sisters, that’s a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family.
And let me tell you something, old Solomon was right in the Old Testament: that’s fire.
He goes on to talk about how man’s “discovery” of fire changed, and continues to change, the world. He concludes:
And he then went on to say that, if humanity ever captures the energy of love – it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.
Dr King was right: we must discover love – the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world, a new world.
My brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
How about a Big Amen on that? All you need is Love. Love is All you need. Spread it all around…