Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1 – Making One Another Great

A right understanding is one of the greatest faculties any of us can ever obtain. Paul prays for the Ephesians that they might be given a “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of (Jesus,)” and that their eyes may be opened to know what are “the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe.”

Elizabeth and Philip would need that kind of wisdom and understanding.

She sat upon a throne, high and lifted up, and all the regalia of State and Majesty had come to her, and from the altar of God. The Archbishop himself had bowed before her. The ancient crown of St. Edward was upon her head and robes of splendor adorned her.

Philip had to remove his coronet and leave it with Master Duncan Davidson on the scarlet cushion before mounting the dais to kneel before his wife. He had scarcely seen her face since entering the Theater, but she had for him a very small, soft smile. He who had held her hands through the ordeal of her father’s death now placed his in hers and swore to be her “liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God.”

He stood and leant forward to touch her crown . . . and kiss her cheek . . . before walking backward down the steps to regain his own coronet. One wonders what Philip might be able to teach us in Cor Unum about the ministry of making sure each marriage partner fulfills the ministry God has given. He has certainly helped make sure Elizabeth fulfilled hers.

The Duke of Edinburgh
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