OL2011 Report: I By Kate Whatmore
Six groups of children came from Horsham, Leicester, Northampton, Oxford, Winchester and Salisbury and met by the visitors entrance to the Houses of Parliament, or the Royal Palace of Westminster as is it’s proper title! When the initial strains of travelling across London had passed we were full of anticipation as we prepared to walk the corridors of power in our nation and release Heaven’s goodness, Hope and Love in that place.
Our group had real favour with our guide, who was really respectful of what we were there to do. He gave us opportunities to pray and say our declarations in each appropriate room, and was visibly moved on a couple of occasions. It was a real contrast to the demonstrations against Youth Cuts that happened the same day, later that afternoon. Children coming to the seat of Government with Honour to encourage, support and under gird with prayer rather than foster anger and disaffection. the presence of God came, and doing the tour gave us insight which the Spirit used to prompt us to pray for other things that have been contributing to the spiritual atmosphere in this country.
One of the things that I learnt was that the colour carpet/ furnishings in the Houses of Parliament tells you something about who uses that area. Green carpet is for the commons, Red for Lords and Royal blue for Royalty. Wherever the Queen treads is carpeted with Royal blue, the same colour as the Operation London back packs. Temporary carpets in Royal blue are rolled out ahead of her. In her Robing Room, where we spoke out our first declarations, the pattern in the carpet was a shade of gold much like the yellow/orange in our OL logo on the bags. It was a powerful reminder to our kids right at the beginning of the day that they have Royal Identity- where they tread is Heavenly ground! What an amazing and encouraging start!