“If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s antebellum south who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power, they explained it this way, they sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity, something that can make things right, to make the wounded whole. ‘There is a balm in Gilead.'” Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry
The above quote moved me deeply as I listened to Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, preach at Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry’s wedding. The theme of the sermon was the power of love and, yet, the message was about love and so much more. Rev. Curry’s weaved together his theme about the power of love and the love of the enslaved in this country despite the pain and suffering that came with the inhumane treatment they endured during the wedding of a biracial woman and a member of the British monarchy, a country that brought Africans to the United States to be enslaved. Who would have imagined such a scene just a year ago?
Rev. Curry’s sermon was a perfect reminder that we all are members of the human family and worthy and deserving of respect. It was particularly timely at this time when there are those who would dismiss their fellow humans as animals. Our diverse racial, cultural and life experiences are to be honored and seen as our own unique way of expressing in the world. Rev. Curry’s sermon not only urged us to believe in the power of love but also to remember that we are all equally givers and receivers of love. God’s love is not limited and expresses in many forms. It is our role to love and honor all expressions of God.