When Prince William wanted toÂ demonstrate just how deep hisÂ love for Kate Middleton was, he gaveÂ her the most meaningful and preciousÂ gift he could ever give.
Burned in the memories of someÂ who lived in the 80â€™s and 90â€™s are theÂ heartbroken and sad faces of two youngÂ princes, William and Harry, whoseÂ mother had tragically died in a carÂ accident. Royalty followers never onceÂ questioned Princess Dianaâ€™s love forÂ her two boys, nor their love for theirÂ mother. The boys were left with beautifulÂ memories of a mother who loved them.
Pictures, mementos, heirlooms andÂ keepsakes are treasured reminders ofÂ the one Prince William loved. One veryÂ special treasure was Princess Dianaâ€™sÂ sapphire and diamond engagement ring.Â The unique ring would not be givenÂ away lightly or carelessly, nor would it beÂ worn on the finger of someone not lovedÂ or valued deeply by William. It would beÂ reserved for the love of his life. It wouldÂ be gladly given to the one to whom heÂ wanted to express his deepest love.
As heart-warming as the royal loveÂ story is, there is an even greater loveÂ story to be told. As meaningful as PrinceÂ Williamâ€™s engagement gift was, thereÂ is a love gift that outstrips all otherÂ statements of love and affection.
The Gift was wrapped in swaddlingÂ clothes and snuggled in a manger inÂ Bethlehem. The Gift dressed in streetÂ clothes of commoners and walked theÂ dusty roads of earth in pursuit of thoseÂ to whom He could bring blessings andÂ happiness. The Gift rested His wearyÂ head in a boat sailing to other shoresÂ to seek and to save the perishing. TheÂ Gift sat at a well and blessed a thirstyÂ destitute woman with living water.
The Gift was stripped of His clothesÂ and beaten and bruised. Eventually theÂ Gift hung wounded and bleeding upon aÂ cross – rejected and despised by the veryÂ ones He loved and came to bless.
The full appreciation of the GiftÂ can only be understood by consideringÂ His painful and shameful death on theÂ Cross. When God wanted to express theÂ depth of His love to sinners like you andÂ me, He gave His one and only Son toÂ bear the penalty and to pay for our sins.Â That death was Godâ€™s ultimate statementÂ of love to our prodigal world.
Kate Middleton accepted, as aÂ statement of love, that which was mostÂ precious to Prince William – his motherâ€™sÂ beautiful ring. Have you ever acceptedÂ the Gift that is most precious to God -Â His Son Jesus Christ?
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