Have you ever wondered where you can see real magic these dull days? It’s a special place, better than Narnia, or Hogwarts, fancier than Venice or Paris, every female is called lady and all the men where bow-ties all the time: it’s called Downton Abbey.
I’ve been watching alot of Downton lately, and the Granthams, a poncy, high collared, corseted, stiff lipped Yorkshire family, have shown me what classy looks like. Also, the English facial paralysis and incredible posture means they can never truly “chill.” Never ask them to.
You see, the Granthams don’t get huffy when someone proposes a new idea, instead, because they’re English, they talk about what matters to both parties and then everyone drinks tea.
Consider this cultivated exchange between Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew, come, learn from their English classiness, with just a quick explanation for context,
Bed ridden cousin Matthew has just asked Mary to tell him if his back will ever heal but she knows that it won’t. He presses her for an answer, and she is reluctant to give it. Observe her ways…
Mary: He says it may have damaged your spine
Matthew: How long will it take to repair?
Mary: You can’t expect them to put timing’s on that type of thing
Matthew: But he did say it will get better?
Mary: He said the first task is to rebuild your health, and that’s what we need to concentrate on…He says there’s no reason why you can’t have a perfectly full and normal life
Matthew: Just not a very mobile one
Mary: Would you like some tea? I would
I kid you not, that was her out, “would you like some tea?” Fantastic. Seriously though, did you get that? She tells the truth, but she’s humane, she’s compassionate.
We had to tramp through the Yorkshire county to make this point: some truths are cheapened when shouted, or said in haste or ‘debated.’
Perhaps calm conviction is suited to the most important things. The “white stone” of C. S Lewis’s reckoning, that is, the ‘secret name’ each person receives from God, each human’s significance and individuality, don’t need to be proven to people. Some truth doesn’t need to be debated or shoved down another’s throat.
Fear, unease, insecurity, are not fruits of the spirit, are not good testaments to the most important truths.
Gal 5: 22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Learn from the Granthams, pray to him the moment you’re pushed for an answer to an important question, don’t speak too hastily. Remember, he won’t let you fail him, if that’s what you’re most scared of, so trust him.
So good day my Lord, um, very good sir…whatever.
And here’s a two-part parody of the show- it’s quite ridiculous.