Mike Cope tells the story of how Don Jackson, an elder in the church, served part of his career in government as senior U.S. liaison officer to the Court of Saint James. Listen to his personal description of being invited into the presence of the queen of England:
“I was aware of a commotion outside of my office window at the American Embassy in London. I looked out the window and saw a royal carriage painted red and gold and drawn by four magnificent , matched, dapple-gray horses, and accompanied by a troop of Royal Grenadiers. I returned to my desk, and shortly my secretary appeared at the door and said, "You have a guest." She stepped back to reveal a gentleman dressed in red and gold, highly bemetaled, bewigged, and carrying a mace which he pounded on the floor three times. Then he unfurled a scroll and began to read: Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and her other realms and territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith…commands the Lord Chamberlain to invite Dr. and Mrs. Don Jackson to an evening reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 26ffi November 1980, at 7:30 p.m. Evening dress with decorations. Again he pounded the floor three times and stepped back. Then another gentleman, also in royal uniform, appeared in the doorway and identified himself as the Royal Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps and may he please have some of my time, he asked. We sat down, and he instructed me for over an hour on how to be presented to Her Majesty, the queen.”
That would be an exciting "invitation" to receive! It's one that you would never forget that's for sure!
Some invitations are exciting. Others are meaningful, like, “Will you marry me?” Some we never tire of hearing, "Play ball!" At other times, though, there are invitations that we become so accustomed to, we tune them out and it's time to get out the song book at the conclusion of a sermon...time for making plans about lunch.