Converted to the Promise of the Future


What highs and lows were packed into last weekend! The unimaginable destruction in Alabama wrought by a Tornado, after the original danger of another storm a few weeks earlier seemed to have passed. Then, the famously anticipated wedding of a British prince and his college sweetheart. Last and most surprising of all, the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. These were the top events covered in the news.


Like many, I rose early last Friday morning to watch the royal wedding.  I knew it would be fun to watch and full of celebratory hope. But I was unprepared for the tone of solemn faithfulness woven throughout the ceremony. From the prayer written by the couple themselves to the anthem written especially for the service, I found myself deeply moved.


In reflecting on the more earth-shattering events of the past week, one thought from the sermon stands out:



‘We shall not be converted to the promise of the future by more knowledge, but rather by an increase of loving wisdom and reverence, for life, for the earth and for one another’.


Given by the Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, the sermon assured the couple with the that they had all the tools needed to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.  During a week in which we were reminded of the spectrum of life’s greatest joys and sorrows, I found these words insightful.


 Let me encourage you to read the sermon in full, and please share your thoughts with us.


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