All You Need Is Love

I’ve just come back from the UK, having attended a wedding… no, not that wedding. The wedding I attended was for my step-daughter, and it was a lovely, low-key affair set in a beautiful glen on the Isle of Man. Unfortunately, I was required to be back at school and so, regretfully, had to decline attending the royal wedding. Fortunately, Harry and Meghan chose to televise their ceremony, so along with a large number of others I was able to witness them as they made their vows to each other. I also had the opportunity to hear a memorable and much appreciated sermon from the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. His message was not just for those gathered in the church that day – his message was for all the world, and for me it was the highlight of the ceremony.

The gospel preacher began by quoting Martin Luther King Jr: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”

His message: there’s power in love: “Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There’s something right about it.

And there’s a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love. Our lives were and are meant to be lived in that love. That is why we are here. Ultimately the source of love is God himself. The source of all of our lives.

… Jesus of Nazareth taught us that the way of love is the way to a real relationship with the God who created all of us, and the way to true relationship with each other as children of that one God, as brothers and sisters in God’s human family.”

If you hadn’t had the chance to hear to hear Reverend Curry’s address, I strongly urge you to search it out online. And as you go through your week, I encourage you to keep seeking out the power of love in your lives, to call to the one who has shown that redemptive power of love in our lives, and to reflect that love in the lives of those around you.

“My brothers, my sisters, God love you, God bless you. And may God hold us all In those almighty hands of love. Amen.”

Chaplain Kirstin Munchenberg