A letter from the pastor...
By the Reverend Steven Kim
When Harry Met Meghan
Weeks ago, people saw one of the most exciting Cinderella stories of our days. The world witnessed the glorious royal wedding of Prince Harry of England and the American actress Meghan Markle. Reportedly, the couple first met two years ago on a blind date, fixed up by a mutual friend.
The marriage has changed the status of both respectively. Prince Harry is now called the Duke of Sussex. More significantly, Meghan has changed her earthly status from an American citizen to one of the British royal families. It is such a dramatic change that could happen to one’s life.
Meghan’s mother is descended from African-Americans enslaved in Georgia while her father is a European immigrant. Describing her ancestry, Meghan said, "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-American. I'm half black and half white.... I have come to embrace this and say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed-race woman."
It is good for her to have cherished and been proud of her ancestry. Who would have imagined, though, that the California-native Meghan Markle would be a member of the British royal family someday? Now as the Duchess of Sussex she would live her life quite differently from her former lifestyle.
Chances are we won’t become a member of the royal family in our earthly life. But in the kingdom of God, you and I have already received all the spotlights in the Heavenly wedding ceremony. We are the brides of our groom Jesus Christ in embracing him as our Savior and Lord. And there was a great joy and cheers for our sake in the ceremony. That is what Jesus describes in Luke 15:7: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents...”
As in the case of Meghan’s Cinderella story, our status has changed permanently through our union with Jesus Christ. That is what 1 Peter 2:9 describes: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” Blessings upon your new journey along with Jesus Christ!
For Healing, for Courage and Strength, and God’s Mercy:
- Rich Diaz asks for prayers for the Ritter family, who lost their mother recently. May she rest in peace. Prayers also for Raymond who is undergoing physical therapy at St. Charles Hospital.
- Sandy Laudicina needs prayers for GT and his wife as they get closer to owning their first home and thanks be to God for returning Pastor after his travels lately.
- We pray for Pat Balcom, may she be blessed with healing in mind and body.
- We pray for those whose hearts and minds are so troubled that they take the lives of others. Fill their hearts with love. May God's grace surround the victims’ families.
- Nancy and Jed ask us to pray for Carol Ann Nimmo as she begins chemo.
- Lee and Kevin need prayers for Jane, who has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
- We ask for traveling mercies for family and friends this weekend.
- Our prayers are raised for peace talks between North and South Korea.
- We hold in prayer Shawna and Zack as they deal with health issues of their unborn child.
- Skip and I ask for prayers for my sister, Carolyn, who has a serious eye virus while battling Macular Degeneration.
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