I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. – Romans 12:1, 2, 9-18
What a precious event that was to witness. As you may have heard from the last post, Jolene and I were indeed up long before first light to watch Prince William of Wales marry Kate Middleton (now bearing the title Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). I am so glad that I woke up to see that. After I placed the tiara on my head and got a little caffeine in my system, I was ready to go. You can check out everything that Jolene and I had to say about the arrivals and the ceremony here. (Warning: Toward the end of the ceremony and during the kiss on the balcony we got a wee bit distracted. Listen at your own risk — of boredom.)
I must correct something that I said on the podcast though. I mentioned that I was 25th cousins to William. Turns out I was wrong and after a little bit of research yesterday I got (some of) my facts straight. Turns out I (and all my cousins second cousins on the Walters side of the family) am 15th cousins to the Duchess of Cambridge, which I had no clue about until two days ago. Now, William proves a little bit trickier, as I haven’t counted back the generations yet, but I know that I am at least 15th cousins with him — likely closer than that, however. It’s through his mother, Princess Diana’s side of the family.
It’s like a mini-episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (I’ll be returning to the “Climbing My Family Tree” series soon)!
- My Anglophilia board on Pinterest has seen a lot of activity over the past few days. I can’t. help. myself.
- The lovely Jen has two different posts about the wedding that are both worth your time.
- George Michael even got in on the festivities and recorded Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” as a gift. A gift that’s free for you!
- And as it turns out, Jack was there. Boy knows people in high places, apparently.
- One of the songs they danced to at their reception – “Your Song” covered by Ellie Goulding
- Leave it to the Friar to hit the nail on the head. – “The only subject that came close to people noting, commenting on and so forth about this wedding were all of the people who firmly and with great dripping disdain declared their passionate disinterest in the entire affair, a disinterest so monumental it had to be explicitly shared with us all, lest its absence suggest to someone the hideous possibility that the authors might actually be interested in this entirely uninteresting affair.”
- Michelle had a shindig all her own to celebrate. Seriously, this is awesome!
- Radmegan made hats. That’s some killer craftiness.
I can’t explain why I have enjoyed this so much, or why I shed tears watching her walk down the aisle and hearing them exchange vows with a look of love in their eyes that is so rarely present these days. It was something unmistakable.
Maybe it’s because I thought I was going to marry him when I was 12. Maybe it’s that part of me that’s always been drawn to their culture. Or maybe…part of the wonder that leaves me reveling at the sight of it all is because a wedding, any wedding, is a glimpse of what is to come. Our blessed hope. And seeing those throngs of people waiting to see the couple, celebrating the joining together of the two, is a reminder of how it’s meant to be.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s prayer on their wedding day:
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.