May 19th – “Love. Love. Love”
I feel like a bad person. The rest of my family got up at 4am to watch the Royal wedding, but I slept in. The irony is, I’m the only British citizen in the house. Maybe I should revoke my citizenship. I blame the trip to Kingston yesterday, it tired me out!! But I did watch the highlights, and when I heard clips from the sermon that was shared, I wish I had seen it live. It would be a stretch to say that Rev. Michael Curry stole the show, but I’ve never seen a royal wedding before in which the sermon was talked about as much as the bride’s gown. He was real. He was funny. He was inspiring. He was right on the money.
Here are some of the things he said to Harry and Meghan, and the billion others who were watching:
“Think and imagine a world when love is the way….because when love is the way, we actually treat each other like we are actually family.”
“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.”
“Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He wasn’t getting anything out of it. He sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the well-being of the world, for us. That’s what love is.”
“Love God, Love your neighbours. And while you’re at it, love yourself.”
“There’s power, power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to centre around you and your beloved.”
There was nothing complicated about what he said, he grounded us in God’s love for us and reminded us that how we treat each other matters. He then lifted our eyes to the horizon and invited us to consider the possibility of a world remade in the image of love.
It was good stuff. He reminded me again that the gospel message is so very simple….
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
P.S. I’ll get up for George’s wedding. I promise!!