Lessons from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – featuring the address from Bishop Michael Curry and asking the questions. Are you being true to yourself and letting God use you?
Did you see the royal wedding? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t! Obviously we did! What was it that made it so magical?
- You could say, it was the love of the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
- Or you might say it was the dress, the veil with embroidered emblems of the nations on it, or
- you might say it was the pretty bridesmaids and cute page boys?
- You may even say it was special because of the celebritity guest and the attendance of the royal family.
- Weather-wise, it was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky nor a spot of rain to be had.
So who stole the show?
For me the one who stole the show was the Preacher.
Bishop Michael Curry from the Episcopal Church. His delivery of his address was absolutely fantastic, it was different from others in the past. What made it different? It contained passion. We are used to some passion from Church of England Bishops and Archbishops but nothing quite like this.
Bishop Curry gave it so much energy and it reminded me of the need to be yourself. To be yourself regardless of what circumstances you find yourself in. Afterall, this was the first time, that we know, the Bishop was in front of the British Royal family.
If you’re going in front of the British Royal Family you think you might have to behave differently. Your demeanour has to be right, you must be more careful with your words you use, there are other protocols to remember and accomplish and you might act and be different to your usual self.
It is as though you have become someone else, another person, and that you’re actually not who you really are. This danger may be because you are trying to impress, you want to fit in and conform or you have not the confidence to be the true you.
Now, there were moments in his address (and the TV showed everything,) when, you could tell, the Bishop wanted to walk around, he wanted to express himself perhaps as he does in his own church with more body movements and to walk away from the lectern. But he didn’t, he kept that part of the deal, but he expressed movement and passion with his voice and with his body language. He was mesmerizing to see and listen too.
His wonderful message was very clear about Love. That it is love that changes the world and makes a difference in people’s lives. He spoke about the love of God and of Jesus and the love found between these two very special people getting married.
He spoke about fire as energy and I thought for a moment he was going to speak about the fire of the Holy Spirit. He spoke about the fire and love found in the Bible. (His full address is found at this link)
As he spoke, the camera panned out and showed some of the congregation. What amuse me the most was seeing the reaction from people to this new address. Many of the royal family were stifling chuckles because his presentation was so very different to what they were used to.
It was magical, I think my favorite was, watching the face of Zara Tindall, the daughter of Princess Anne. She looked awestruck and it was as if her thoughts were; “What am I experiencing? Is this really happening? Does he know he is inside St George’s Chapel, Windsor and in front of my grand-mother the Queen!”
Bishop Curry stayed true to himself,
he stayed true to the message that God wanted him to preach.
I wonder how many times do we do that? Or, how many times do we conform to a particular the place, event or person we are with rather than being ourselves. God gave us our unique personalities and this is OK, there may be times you may need to change the edges a little, like he did, he changed to adapt to the occasion, but he was still himself. The person God created him to be and giving the message that God wanted him to deliver.
It was wonderful, and here is the link for you to watch the whole addressyourself. It is well worth it. Even if you missed the wedding itself, take a moment (only 15 minutes) to watch or listen to this amazing man of God.
How many times have you been to a wedding? How much of the preachers message can you remember? Usually, you have a good time, and remember the bride and groom, the cake and other wedding memories but have forgotten what the address was. I’ve been to many weddings in my time, I think the only one I really remember was when my friend Nicola Watson officiated at our friend Angela and Gary’s wedding. She did make that memorable. She used a piece of string and demonstrated it along the aisle as the example of marriage!
To choose the Bishop to give such a memorable address perhaps shows the faith that new Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry & Meghan) have. We know that the Queen is a committed Christian and how wonderful to think that the younger generations are also believing in God and his purposes for their lives.
It was great to see the Gospel used in its truest form, at a wedding, speaking of the love that God has for each of us, and the bravery of the minister not being overwhelmed by the occasion and communicating the message well and in his own innovative way.
Let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org you keep to ‘being you’ when you’re in a very special situation.
Watch my broadcast of this blog here or click on the picture below