The First Day: A Royal Wedding

Alan and I left for the British Isles a day ahead of Stephen and Joel. It was just one month ago, on April 29,2011…the day Prince William married Kate Middleton. Someone asked playfully if we were going to the wedding. Well, as a matter of fact, we weren’t invited! I mean, we have absolutely no connections with British aristocracy (apart from one unfortunate marriage by a distant Vanderbilt cousin). However, we have roots! Between the two of us, our kids are 50% English, about 31% Scottish and 19% Irish, which equals 100% British! So, this was definitely a roots tour of sorts!

Because the wait stretched into interminable hours while our jet and pilot were detained by terrible tornadoes that were devastating the South, we noticed countless reruns of the royal wedding being broadcast to billions of people the world over. It is doubtless the most viewed and celebrated wedding of this century, and the long night gave me lots of time to ponder weddings.

We may not have been invited to the royal Windsor wedding, but we’ve all been invited, by faith, to become a part of the bride of Christ and participate in the greatest, happiest celebration in the universe yet to come: the marriage of the Lamb. Know that you and I—and all of us— are loved dearly by God, and He wants us to become One with Him and with each other!

By the way, did you hear Kate and William’s prayer? I think it’s a good one for all of us who are married: “God our Father, we thank you for our families, for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage. In the busyness of each day, keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life, and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union, help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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