Louis And His Shorts

The royal family attend the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham. Crowds gather… TV reporters assemble… The royals smile and chat to the crowd…


‘…Hilary Marsh, 71, from Newmarket, Suffolk, said: “I asked William if Father Christmas had been for the children and he smiled back and said, ‘They’ve had enough presents’.”’

‘…The Princess of Wales re-wore a stunning £1,077 Alexander McQueen… flare coat in olive green. She finished off the elegant wintery looked with black boots and a wide-brimmed olive hat to match the coat…’

‘…Louis sported a navy collared coat, plimsolls with black socks. But, unlike his older brother who was wearing navy trousers, Louis wore a pair of burgundy shorts.’

‘The Crown’, Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series and the King’s Christmas Day speech all beg questions about power and decision making…

I’m more entertained by the cost of Kate’s coat, the appropriateness of Louis’ shorts and the existence of a royal Santa… and where the power and decision making lies there.

Musing… power and decision making…

I’m responsible for the power I hold: Jack Graham, pastor of one of America’s largest churches, was questioned about the misused power and moral failure of church leaders: ‘Accountability is not in having a group of people around you asking questions. But ultimately accountability is an issue of the heart.’

I’ve responsibility for the powerless: Bishop Desmond Tutu famously said: ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.’

My faith says that God has ultimate power: In Revelation there’s complex, controversial pictures and metaphors of dragons, eagles, lions and lambs… and repeated assurances of God’s ultimate victory: ‘Then I heard a loud voice from heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.’’

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