“God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
From the moment this powerful biblical quote was spoken to open the royal wedding ceremony of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle, I was struck by an undercurrent message acknowledging us all to be equals, brothers and sisters, regardless of race or nationality, with love being the only criteria earning us honour.
This invitation to look beyond humanities historical social boundaries was unsaid, but to me, it was acknowledged, in the words marking the “power of love”, perhaps, the power of love to unite people across all social barriers. When mixed-race becomes the stuff of royal fairytales, this marriage may provide a spring of courage and a spark of renewal for interracial or multi-cultural couples across the world. This sentiment of love being the foremost consideration, was echoed by all the speakers of the historic wedding.
“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,” Rev Michael Curry said.
Besides Britain‘s elite giving a royal nod to a beautiful mixed race couple, it was touching to see the throngs of British citizens celebrating the event with as much fervour and zeal as they would have any historically typical royal wedding.
All weddings leave a tear in my eye and love in my heart, but this union left me with hope, hope for the entire world, hope that the power of love is set to break cultural barriers that society has long placed upon us; hope that love will triumph and humanity will hold hands in trust someday soon.