4 reasons I watched the Royal Wedding

1 May

My first reaction to the news of the broadcast was, “Eh.”  After all, I’m not British, I don’t know this couple, and why should it matter to me?  But the closer it got, I began remembering how as a child I got out of bed early (a significant feat, I assure you) to watch the groom’s parents marry in 1982.  Charles & Di were not our king & queen, either.  As a child I think it meant something to me for two reasons: one, there is always something magical about a man and woman who love each other, and two, I loved history and tradition, and the British offer this in spades.

So I decided I’d go ahead and watch it…at least for the sake of my own personal tradition.  Can’t watch one generation without watching the next.  But so much has changed since 1982.  Though human nature may still be the same, the world has dramatically changed.  There seems to be so much more apathy than there was then.  Not to mention a great deal more technology and voyeurism.  “Really, Jennifer.  You’re not a child anymore.  Do you really need to get up in the middle of the night to watch a total stranger’s wedding on tv?  At the very least someone could DVR the thing for you.”  My internal older sibling is always sensible, but terribly annoying.  And sensibility is not always right.

Marriage is so much more than a wedding.  It’s a life together, the precious and inexplicable knitting together of two souls — not in perfection, but in love “which covers over a multitude of sin.”  These two strangers to me have graciously invited the world into the celebration of their union.  What a generous gesture.  Particularly from a young man whose mother was killed in a terrible accident trying to escape the prying eyes of the press.  How far he has come in his life to stand in this place today.  Because of my own painful experiences, I rejoice in the opportunity to accept their invitation, and as the Bishop of London said, “…do everything in [our] power to support and uphold you in your new life.”

So reason #1 for me became: To witness their sacred covenant with one another before God.

And reason #2 became: To make the decision for myself to support their life as husband and wife with my prayers, rejoicing in the good they do and holding contempt for anything that would tear their marriage down or bring evil upon them.

True, I could have DVRed the whole thing and gotten a full night of sleep.  But the feeling I get from doing the exact same thing at the exact same time with at least 1/3 of the world is an experience that can’t be had from a recording.  I learned long ago that once in a lifetime opportunities are experiences that should be participated in, rather than looked back on as an outsider or as a regret.  Not everyone has the luxury of being single and footloose as I do, so I figure I’ve gotta take advantage of that while I can.  Though probably most of what I choose to do is silly to others, I know I’ve got to grab each moment while I can.

So reason #3 became: Carpe diem!

And yet there is one more reason still that I took the time to watch.  Previously I mentioned that the wedding sermon blew me away.  I’m still amazed by the spiritual power of the entire event.  The Bishop discussed the significance of marriage (and therefore truly answered the why of watching even better than I could have), and one of the things he mentioned was that the marriage of man and woman are a reflection and image of the union of Christ and His bride the Church.  This is our hope.  This is our future.  This is what we look forward to with all the strength in our imperfect beings.

So reason #4 became: To be reminded of the patient and faithful love that our Savior has for us and our future together because of His sacrifice.

Every wedding is a royal wedding.  Every girl is a princess.  And — don’t forget — every boy is a prince.  This royal wedding certainly reminded me that though our own selfishness may not make for fairy tales come true here on earth, we have great hope in the Fairy Tale that will come true with the Prince of our dreams.

3 Responses to “4 reasons I watched the Royal Wedding”

  1. Cindy May 1, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    SO well said!! Michael kept asking me why I was so interested, and I couldn’t give him a very detailed answer. But my obsession actually started AFTER I watched the wedding highlights. Beautiful couple, beautiful ceremony, great sermon, and fantastic example of love. In this life and in the hereafter.

  2. crystal.cattle May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I really enjoyed the ceremony. I agree with you, everything the Bishop said was wonderful. I am really glad that I watched it. It will be one of those things that I tell my kids about.


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