the extraordinary and the ordinary

By Daniel Jones | 23 October 2013

 The extraordinary and the ordinary

Today a 3 month old child begins a quite extraordinary and public journey towards the throne.

Prince George of Cambridge in many ways is a most extraordinary baby – his path and place in history decided at birth.  And yet, like all children, his future is still to be written.  As the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded us in a video this week "All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies".

In the midst of the extraordinary spectacle today we will see glimpses of a very special kind of ordinary.

Yes, there’ll be the glitz and glamour that follows young royals, but those present will gather in the privacy of the Chapel of St James’ Palace, a venue rich in meaning for both the Duke (where his mother, Princess Diana, lay before her funeral) and the Duchess (where she took Holy Communion before her marriage). A poignant reminder of a family’s love for one another and personal conviction of the faith they are destined to defend.

There’ll be the glare of cameras and the usual media circus; the pundits, the critics and the hash tags.

At the heart of it all, yet hidden from view, two young parents will quietly and privately dedicate a young life to God in a ceremony, according to the Archbishop, that pays little attention to status.

‘I will mark Prince George with the sign of the cross on his forehead, and that’s exactly what every single priest does at every single baptism. It’s an extraordinary moment because that is the sign by which we understand that this person belongs to God.’

There’ll be water, the most abundant and ordinary of compounds, used as a marker of the most extraordinary gift of all – God’s gift of spiritual life that two parents wish to share with their child.

“We’re celebrating baptism. And baptism is, at its heart, about … God’s gift of life; of ordinary physical life but also the offer of spiritual life to all of us, of life forever.”

Let us pray today for the Prince and all the children in our lives; that they may grow to live extraordinary lives marked by generosity, set steadfast in God’s most extravagant gift.

 

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photo credit: Christopher Neve. Used under Creative Commons Licence

Posted by Daniel Jones

Daniel is Stewardship’s Chief Generosity Officer and is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to encourage and inspire Christians in their giving, and helping those who receive to do so with excellence. Daniel advises denominations on stewardship and giving, and is a serial trustee of small community organisations. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @dmjonesoir

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