Wednesday December 1, 2021

by GILDA PINEDA DIONELA KINGDOM ADVENTURE My eyes were intensely focused on the giant screen in our Christian church, Kensington Temple, as if force were coming out from it, bringing back to life the story of “Titanic’’. Pastor Colin Dye narrated the story of the Titanic and one faithful christian, Horacio G. Spafford. Spafford wrote one of the greatest Christian Hymns, “It is Well with My Soul”. He was once a wealthy man with five children. Their only son died, then three years later, the ship his wife and four daughters; Annie, Maggie, Bessie, and baby Tanetta were boarding, collided with another ship and sank. Only his wife, Anna, survived. I imagined a ship tossed by giant waves in the midst of the ocean, covered by darkness in the absence of stars and moon. At that time, I was reading and studying the life of King Henry I, the first king who resided in Windsor Castle. The story of shipwrecks happened to be similar to the story of King Henry I. His son and only successor, William, perished in a shipwreck of the “White Ship”. Since the time William the Conqueror built Windsor Castle to protect the interest of Norman dominance around the vicinity of London, it has been the longest-occupied castle in Europe for nearly 1000 years. It has been the official residence from the time of Henry I (King of England from 1100-1135), up to the present reigning Monarch. It displayed affluence, English history and grand architecture. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. No way that I could completely describe the magnificence of the structure and the stories of 40 Monarchs that live there in a few sentences. The shortest description I can make is, “Wars and...... Read more on Full Issue!

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