On the morning of the royal wedding, I was one of the crazy ones up at 2 a.m. (California time) to witness history in the making. Donning my handmade fascinator, I was excited to see Meghan Markle’s dress and watch her and her prince exchange vows.
But in watching the royal wedding, I was reminded of the power of love.
Love was clearly in the air at the wedding of the year. As Ms. Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, arrived at the alter, Prince Harry shared a few sweet words with his bride.
“You look amazing,” he said. “I’m so lucky.”
The way the bride and groom looked at each other so adoringly, stealing glances through the speeches and musical performances, showed us all just how much the couple loved each other. It was the look of love; so pure and kind. It reminded me that it is so important to find the one person who, whether it’s a romantic love or a friend, lifts you up and complements you. We all need that one person who will walk through life with us, support us, and make life a little better; someone who stands by your side no matter what. That sort of love is powerful.
The royal wedding also featured a breathtaking performance of “Stand by Me” by The Kingdom Choir. The performance was such an incredible and powerful moment. “Stand by Me” was a fitting song for the royal occasion as it is a song about enduring love. An expected modern touch for the wedding, the song reminded us of the importance of standing together and supporting one another. Love is a strong and powerful bond, and when we stand together with those we love, nothing can tear us apart.
The song served as a reminder about the importance of finding strength in each other. Even when “the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see,” as the song says, there is no need to “be afraid” when there is love. “If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountains should crumble to the sea,” there is no need to “shed a tear” because even as mountains crumble, as long as we stand by the ones we love and love them with all our might, we will not fall. Love always protects. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.
The royal wedding also featured a moving and powerful sermon by Most Reverend Michael Curry. The sermon was a refreshing departure from the traditional royal wedding service. Rev. Curry’s energy, passion, and inspiring words easily made the sermon one of the most memorable parts of the royal wedding. In this message, Rev. Curry preached there is power in love, and to not underestimate that power.
“There is power in love to help and heal when nothing else can,” Rev. Curry said. “There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live.”
Love has the power to change the world.
Rev. Curry called on us to imagine a world where love was put first. When love is put first, the world becomes a far better place, and the Earth becomes “a sanctuary.”
“Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other like we are actually family,” Rev. Curry said.
Re. Curry went on to discuss the power of fire. He discussed how all of the greatest moments and advancements in human history would not have happened without the power of fire. Fire makes everything from the cars we drive to our social media interactions possible. Rev. Curry finished by saying that if we ever captured the “energy of love” like we did with the power of fire, “it would be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.”
If we harness the power of love like we harnessed the power of fire, we will be able to make a difference.
When we harness the power of love, we have the ability to make this world into a whole new one.
While the royal wedding was a beautiful and historic occasion, it showed us just how important love is. It reminded us that it is important to find someone who loves us and complements us. It reminded us of the importance of finding strength in each other, and when we stand by those we love, nothing can tear us apart. Love always protects and perseveres. Lastly, love has the power to change the world, and when we put love first, we can make this world into a whole new one.