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The whole world watched via TV on April 1, 2009, as President and Mrs. Obama met Queen Elizabeth II and her consort, Prince Philip. It seems the foursome hit it off just fine. The Queen Mum even slipped her arm around Michelle Obama’s waist. It may not have been planned but, oh, did the photographer’s make a deal of it. Yet it showed the obvious affection that emerged from the meeting of the two women. Best of all, Her Highness, the Queen, invitingly remarked, “Now that we’ve met, let’s keep in touch.”

Personally, my heart welled up when I heard this remark. I’m sure it was from the heart. And I re-examined my idea of royalty.

As a child of the Great American Depression anything outside of poverty seemed glorious. My trips to the world of royalty came through the Saalfield Publishing Company in my hometown of Akron, Ohio. Saalfield and royalty? The company produced paper dolls featuring Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. Receiving such a gift was paramount to a visit to Buckingham Place for me. I always pretended that I was Princess Elizabeth, of course, since that’s my true given name. I usually shared Princess Margaret with a friend.

I'd Have Curtsied

However, I’ve never been really taken by all the pomp that goes with royalty. It seems so affected. Though I’ll assure you that if I’d ever been invited to the palace I’d have curtsied and learned all the proprieties expected when addressing a regal personage.

With the Queen’s remark, “Now that we’ve met, let’s keep in touch,” it makes me think of how Jesus feels about us. Isn’t that exactly what He wants us to do? After we meet Him, He wants us to keep in touch!

He is royal, the most imperial King ever. We will not simply curtsey or bow at the waist before him, we’ll place our crowns—the ones He’ll place on our heads--at His feet—and prostrate ourselves before Him in adoration. It reminds me in a way of Mary washing Jesus feet with her hair—the very crown of hair that He created for her.

Jesus has already made us a royal priesthood—a part of His kingdom, so we know our place is sure in His court, if we keep in touch.

Yes, Queen Elizabeth extended a stay-in-touch invitation to Michelle Obama, America’s First Lady. However, think about how much more our heavenly King yearns for us, “to stay in touch!” His invitations are many throughout the Bible but one that appears near the end, in Revelation 22:17, goes like this, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

Yes, after we meet Jesus He wants us to keep in touch— and to say, “Come” to others, so that they, too, may forever keep in touch.

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