The Power of Love

The date of May 19th, 2018 had been circled on many calendars around the world. Royal weddings have a way of doing that. People remember waking early to watch Lady Diana marry Prince Charles. British citizens know a thing or two about pageantry. The guest list had been a topic of conversation for months. Fashion designers solicited the opportunity to show case their imaginations. Stage coaches were polished, horses dressed and military regalia on full display. Chefs mapped out menus and prepared to please pallets joining the feast. The parade route was charted and cordoned off, allowing gawkers and roadside guests a glimpse of the “Disney-ish” dreams. Royal watchers memorized each member of the wedding party, former Prime Minister Mulroney’s grandchildren included. St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, which began construction in 1475, had church bells ringing, trumpets hymning, violins stringing, and voices singing, gliding the processional into its proper place. Then something happened more magnificent and glorious than all the pomp and circumstance could deliver. The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, head of the American Episcopal Church delivered a rousing sermon entitled “The Power of Love.” “Don’t under estimate it. Don’t even over sentimentalize it. There is power in love.” “Imagine, a world where love is the way.” He went on for thirteen minutes, too long by British standards, too short for an American Episcopalian, preaching on love. “Ultimately the source of love is God himself, the source of all our lives.” “Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of history, a movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world. And a movement mandating people to live that love. And in doing so, not only change their lives but the very life of the world itself. I’m talking about some power. Real power. Power to change the world.” This was a message that resonated in ears and hearts of Christians around the world. He was singing from our hymnal, and many more who were listening, liked what they heard. There was so much going on in this wedding that attracted and could very well have distracted viewers from what was taking place. In the same way he has done for centuries, God showed up in the preaching of the word. What came through loud and clear was the power found in love, and that God is the author of that love, and Jesus the marriage counsellor and the Holy Spirit the match maker in this world changing power called love.           Pastor Sid

 

Karin Terpstra