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The Good Life 2, Love

May 23, 2018

Last Saturday lovely Megan Markle, American bi-racial actress once divorced, married Britain’s Prince Harry, 6th in line for the British monarchy, in a fabulous fairy tale wedding. My father would have said, “Impossible!” But my grandchildren say, “So what?”  History tells us Love does not always have its way.

On TV we watched the extravagant affair along with  millions of others. Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, attended the wedding. She became Queen of England because her Uncle Edward abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee. He chose Love. The Queen accepted her duty.

Contrast Megan’s world to the world of her new mother-in-law, Camilla, second wife of next in the royal line Prince Phillip, to see the enormous change in a society in my lifetime. The young Prince Phillip loved Camilla, but he could not marry a divorced American and bring disgrace to the English nation. Like his mother, he chose duty.  In a splendid wedding ceremony, Prince Phillip married the young and beautiful Lady Diana. He is introverted and she was extroverted, and except for the two handsome boys they produced, they had little in common. The marriage had a crashing finale.

The Brits and the royal family survived the tragedy of the popular Diana’s death. Now it seems happy to support the love their son, Prince Harry, obviously has for the beautiful, divorced, bi-racial American actress. Wow! Perhaps Love stands a chance in a fallen world.

The Reverend Michael Curry, an Episcopal bishop from Chicago, echoed ! Corinthians 13: 1 – 10, “If I could speak all languages on Earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wrong. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful.”

Love is a choice as well as an emotion. We can’t be in love, love must be in us. Love is the choice to value and respect another. Love beginning with the physical sensation of wanting to be with another leads to the complicated relationship of marriage. We are wonderfully made, but for a marriage to endure the tribulations of life, Love must mature into the biblical definition. Love is not self-centered. It protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.

Jesus added, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, your mind, your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12: 22) Love does not mean rejecting duty. Perhaps the British showed the world they have chosen Love.

 

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