When I was a little girl my mom used to tell me–“Kathy, you’re in love with love.” She was right. It’s still true. I’m a hopeless romantic. I love-love, romance and weddings so much so that I was a wedding planner in my younger years. I love a–And They Lived Happily Ever After— fairytale. A Cinderella story, if you will. An ideal.
Last weekend I was so excited to witness (and enter in fully to) a real life fairytale–the marriage of HRH Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. Their love and union is a fairytale to me for so many reasons. Harry and Meghan come from very different worlds. Because of that, they were an unlikely pair. How their paths crossed was–well–meant to be. Destined. At the right time their destinies would collide. They did so in a huge way. A fairytale sort of way. A Prince and a ‘commoner’. A ‘commoner’ has no ‘Royal Bloodline’. But they fell in love as they were living out the call on their lives. They are Humanitarians-Philanthropists-loving and serving the least of these. I love that the castle doesn’t define them, their service to others does. They are helping to build the Kingdom of God by serving the forgotten. The least. The underserved.
Author, Bob Goff makes this distinction in his book–Everybody Always–between castles and kingdoms:
-castles have moats to keep people out, but Kingdoms have bridges to let everyone in. Castles have dungeons for people who have messed up, but Kingdoms have grace. This is the stuff fairytales are made of. Kingdom building requires bridge building, grace and a heart for others.
There’s another “fairytale” story that I’m enthralled by. It’s THE Royal Wedding and–guess what??–we’re invited!! This one is about The King of Kings who took a bride. He sacrificed His life for her. He redeemed her. Take a look:
Revelation 19:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
This is a HUGE celebration! There’s never been a bride as beautiful at this bride! She is adorned with priceless jewels and grace.
I’m invited and so are you!! The Word of God says you’re blessed if you are. Dear one, this is a true love story. King Jesus wants you to be His Bride. He’s proposed to you in the most beautiful way. Will you take His hand and say-YES?
Now this is a fairytale that places me in the story. I love a happy ending.