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Nobility is such a great word.

Growing up under the wide spectrum of  T H White’s classic,The Once and Future King, which was originally published in the 1950s,  the concept of nobility was everywhere in the book:  in the struggling King Arthur, in the Knights of the round table.  Nobility was  also everywhere in the world. In a Walt Disney cartoon,The Sword and The Stone, an adaptation from Once and Future King.  It was also in Camelot, the musical by Lerner and Lowe.

Sunday Sermon Travels In TransmediaToday, it is a word that seems to have largely disappeared from the culture lexicon.

This morning, I am reminded of the opening  line of Psalm 45, “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…”

The original definition of noble from Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary reads: Great; elevated; dignified; being above every thing that can dishonor reputation; as a noble mind; a noble courage; noble deeds of valor.

“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

And from Colossians 3: 2, “Set your minds above, not on earthly things.”

It is so easy to be buried in today’s life, to forget to look to things above that are lovely and noble. This week there seemed to be too much time and energy spent on fast food chicken and not enough on everlasting value and virtue, that which is noble.


By his tradition, King Arthur, , a noble hero,  had much trouble in his life: A queen who cheated on him, a knight who betrayed him. Yet, King Arthur  was strong of heart. He set his eyes above and always believed in the dream of love and loyalty even though he did not experience  it in his earthly life.

So on this busy Sunday, please spend a moment on the imperishable crown that the Lord has give us, if we can only run the race with grace. My prayer for you this day is to run the race with nobility  past  the dark and noisy things that can often break our hearts, setting your heart on things above.