Yep…I was persuaded to wake up at 4:15am, leave my house at 4:30am and arrive at the Oates’ house before 5:00am to watch the Royal Wedding. As much as I resisted getting sucked into all this (often saying things like, “this is NOT real life!”), it happened.
Holly went all out with paper crowns, flags on our drinks, pre-wedding scones & tea and a full English breakfast right after the wedding started. Being that we have nothing even remotely close to compare this type of “royal event” to in our country, it was very interesting and intriguing. I ended up doing a little bit of Googling and reading tonight trying to find answers to some of my questions.
I was impressed with Kate’s brothers reading portions of Romans 12. We’d heard the commentators mention he’d be reading from “the Epistle of Romans” during the ceremony, so we figured it would be pretty solid. But, as soon as he started reading, I knew he was reading Romans 12 and I was pleasantly surprised. Nearly 2 billion people, almost one third of the humans on the planet, heard these words today…
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 ESV)
And one last thing…I think American guys need to adopt the tie look that Kate’s brother and dad sported at the wedding. We all agreed this morning that we liked it. Does that have a name? Scrunched up tie? I don’t care what it’s called. I like it.