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Friday, November 23, 2007

Hope Above the Headlines

Royal Anniversary
By Jerry Brecheisen

“Love found a voice,” the actress quoted from her poem to the Queen and Mr. Windsor. Sixty years of marriage is being celebrated by the Royal family this week. But the party begs the question, “What do you buy a queen for her anniversary?” Prince Phillip probably has never heard the words “Will that be paper or plastic?” I really don’t know, but I imagine the last time he did his own shopping Winston Churchill was stocking shelves at a hardware store to earn money for a vacation in Munich.

Picking out an anniversary gift for a queen really isn’t that difficult. I picked one for my Queen Carol several months ago. No matter its cost, it was a paltry token for the honor of walking beside her for nineteen years shy of a royal anniversary.

But I really do like the “Love found a voice” line. Now that’s a find! Take the inexpressible and wrap it in the unfathomable, and then waft it over the life of another like golden leaves singing in an autumn wind. Perfection? Not if you think a dollar-more discount on something means more than knowing when you have everything. To say “Let us give thanks” begs the question, “Why on earth not?” “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34 NLT).