On May 19th I got up at 5:30 am to enjoy the Royal Wedding. My husband and my boys were confused as to why I would waste my time watching a wedding of people I don’t know. I have only one reason. No, it isn’t because it is everything Royal nor is it for the famous people who would be in attendance. It isn’t for the music or the flowers. Yes, I like to see the wedding dress and the hats the guests will wear, but I don’t watch it for that either.
“Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
I watch because of the love. The love of the couple. The love of the people. The love of God. The love.
I was amazed at this Royal wedding because it wasn’t the usual pomp and circumstance without relational love. This wedding had the groom in tears as he watched his bride approach. She has placed herself as a seal over his heart.
The Homily given by Bishop Curry was so full of life, honor, and love also. It spoke of an almighty God and the power of love. He quoted about love from the Bible, Martin Luther King, Jr., a medieval poem all pointing to the one real source of love. God.
Have I placed God like a seal over my heart? Do I wear my love of God on my sleeve? Does my love for Jesus burn like a blazing fire? Like a mighty flame?
These are the questions I have asked myself over these past few days. I pray I continue to ask them of myself. With these questions, I keep God’s love at the forefront of my being. Striving for and embracing the love of God in me and through me.
I pray we all are evaluating our lives each day asking if the answers to these questions are active in our hearts, in our lives, and outward to others.
Did you watch the wedding? If so, what is your why? How are you allowing God’s love to grow in and through you?
Ask yourself each day, do I have God as a seal over our hearts?