The Most Reverend Michael Curry, bishop of the American Episcopal church, recently gave an inspiring sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan, on the power of love as a profound source of change in the world. He said:
If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Oh, there’s power, 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 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 and our lives are meant to be lived in that love…. Ultimately the source of love is God Himself, the source of all of our lives.
Reverend Curry invited us to re-connect with that passion of love within each of us. We sometimes fall into the habit of thinking about divine love as serene to the point of being bland, but we can find the fiery, joyful aspects in divine love just as we can see it in our passion for a significant other or intense love for a child. It’s time to bring back the passion in our devotion to the divine. Many Sufi poets wrote of the ecstasy of being in love with the divine and spoke of courting that love as one might court a lover, not in a sexual sense but with the pure, unconditional passion of love.
Let yourself remember a time as a child when something was new and wonderful to you or a time when you saw the world as radiantly beautiful because you had newly fallen in love. Re-capture that feeling of awe and wonder, then allow yourself to expand that feeling to encompass everyone and everything. Allow yourself to fall in love with the world, with all of creation, with every part of your life. That is the passionate side of divine love.
When we feel that kind of joy, we feel as if we can accomplish anything. We don’t see obstacles but rather opportunities. Living in that blissful state opens us to limitless possibilities and a genuine desire to create for the benefit of all. That is the power of love.
In his sermon, Reverend Curry shared a passage from the Song of Solomon in the Bible: “Love is as powerful as death; passion is as strong as death itself. It bursts into flame and burns like a raging fire. Water cannot put it out; no flood can drown it.” True, divine love is eternal and expansive. Remember the unquenchable love within you and let the passion and desire of your Soul catch fire in the world.
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