I agree. A lot of hoopla. I agree the media is crazy.
And I did not get up at 4 am to watch the entire wedding. But, I did turn the television on before 7 am- which is unprecedented for me. And I was instantly captured by the voice of the Arch Bishop reading the Word of God and images of the Bride and Groom kneeling in the Abbey.
As I’ve been scanning twitter and facebook, I’ve seen many comments about how there is devastation all over the world and we are celebrating a wedding. Now, not to overly spiritualize the union of Will & Kate; but, honestly, how refreshing to have a wedding in a church with real scripture being read the focal point of most of America and I dare say, Western Europe (Yes, I said that with a nod and wee bit of an accent.) I’m not going to speculate on the spiritual life of the royal family and go as far as to say that Will and Kate planned a truly “Christian” wedding. In fact, I know that the ceremony is pretty much laid out for them.
Yet, everything is a manner of perspective, of course the media has overhyped and overdramatized. Over course, Will & Kate’s faces are all over the most obscure tacky tourist junk ever. Why are we surprised? I mean really, why are we surprised? The media has long lost it’s first love of truly reporting just the news, so why are we in shock that this is being blasted into everything. And as for the men, I don’t hear any complaining during football season or March Madness.
But, I agree- I’ve seen numerous posts on “Why are we so obsessed with this wedding?”
I speculated to one friend that our parent’s generation were probably enthralled because of the throwback to Princess Diana’s wedding to Charles. There is also the fascination with the culture from Americans because we don’t have Kings & Queens and Duchesses. It’s history. It’s vintage. It is different. They rode in a carriage with a zillion guards with chimney sweep looking helmets on their heads.
Now, this would have made a fabulous entrance.And as Austin said the moment he saw the television: “Oh, wow, this is just beautiful!”
The Arch Bishop said:
Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one – this is a joyful day! It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations because this is, as every wedding day should be, a day of hope.
In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.
And another friend stated that she was overjoyed to hear the Word of God being read on national/international television to thousands.
So, yes, I agree, my heart is pulled and aching for those who are suffering from the out break of the tornadoes and for those who are dying all over the world every day. But, as Jesus teaches us over and over, there are reminders of joy in sorrow. It’s the paradox of faith. There are messages of hope even in an over commercialized wedding, if we can see them. And if we deny them or are bothered by the over zealousness it’s okay. But, that’s still what they are. That is the deep obsession. The deep draw. The heart’s desire of all those people traipsing miles to the Palace to see a 3 minute appearance by the royal family. It is the ache of humanity for their King. It is the cry of the heart for the royalty of our calling in the Sons and Daughters of The King of the Universe. It is a reflection of everyone’s soul in search of something to believe in.
I could see it in every tweet, in every sigh, in every off-hand comment and in the waving flags and the white horses… the heart’s true ache for a true Kingdom.
And with that, “please mind the gap” and pass the tea.