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How to get along when you “don’t belong…”

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Have you heard about Prince Harry? Prince Harry really is a prince and that makes him “royalty”. I am sure you can imagine the demands that are put on the “royal family”. Every “I” must be dotted, every “tee” crossed, every strap in its proper place and every body part fashionably covered in a most elegant manner.

I purposely don’t clutter my space with things like the royalty of England but, in recent years, the story of Prince Harry has intrigued me a bit.

According to Wikipedia, Prince Harry of England is the “younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne“.

What has intrigued me about Prince Harry is his somewhat controlled nonconformity.

As a teenager, his father sent him to a rehab center because he was experimenting with marijuana.

He was accused of cheating in school. After that was the incident with the photographer. Exactly how it happened is in dispute but the paparazzi ended up with a split and swollen lip. Later there was the nazi uniform he was found wearing and at one time he was heard uttering racial slurs.

Oh, did I mention the partying in Croatia and the naked parties in Vegas? Okay, well then let’s just forget about that, shall we?

Meghan Markle
One of the things I like about the Prince is his fairly new wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

Why do I like her? At 37, Meghan is 3 years older than Harry. Unlike Harry, Meghan was not born into royalty, which says quite a lot about both Harry and Meghan.

I doubt Meghan has a handful of maids to look after her every detail as perhaps some of the other members of the royal family. Meghan is more like… the rest of us, and to a degree, she is more like Prince Harry than Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles.
There was the time that Meghan wore a much too sheer skirt that left absolutely nothing to the imagination. Most agree that it was most certainly an oversight. And then there was the time that she went to the other extreme. In colder, rainy weather she was seen in public wearing pants that were about 3″ too long with an oversized overcoat that really did look quite frumpy.

There is also the ever-forbidden bare shoulders appearances, the top button of the fairly low-cut blouse that didn’t seem to want to stay buttoned, and can you believe that she has shown up in public with temporary stitching and tags still on her clothes? Yes, I know it is hard to believe that someone would do such a thing, not to mention a dutchess….

Poor Meghan just can’t seem to get this living in perfection stuff down.

Still, even with all of these imperfections; Harry seems to really love Meghan.

God’s creation
Back in Genesis, each day God looked upon what He had created and said awwwhhh… “it is good”. But when He made man He said, “It is VERY good”.

How His heart must have broke when His favorite creation committed adultery and became corrupted.

Still, even with all of our imperfections, God loves His people with the love of a new groom toward His bride. To Him she is beautiful, regardless of imperfections.

Song of Songs
In Song of Songs chapter 1 verse 5 the Shulamite bride says
“I know I am so unworthy—so in need.” But in response, The Shepherd-King says “Yet you are so lovely!”

Even when she is a little weathered from the sun, her clothes are a little frumpy and maybe even “the tags are still on them”. Still, He loves her just the way she is.

In case you aren’t aware, the Song of Songs is a metaphor written about How Yeshua the Messiah sees His bride: You.

No matter your imperfections, no matter what you just can’t seem to get right, the ultimate lover of your soul thinks that you are, royal, “hot stuff”.

Now, therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exodus 19:5

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people;

that you should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2:9 

Wow… Now that’s something to meditate on.

Blessings in Yeshua
Parson Rayphe
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