Sunday, March 23, 2014

LORD SOPER AND HUMOR


LORD SOPER
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I enjoy learning about our family history.

My husband is related to the Methodist minister, Lord Soper, and I was happy and surprised when I saw an anecdote about Lord Soper in a book I purchased, "Church Chuckles."

Lord Soper (1903-1998) was noted for preaching to one and to all on Tower Hill and then in Hyde Park in London, even in his 90s, right up until 3 weeks before his death. He was made a Lord for working hard to help the poor, pushing for equal rights for women and all races, for his dedication to pacifism, and for animal rights. I read that he was so devoted to being a pacifist that when asked what he would do if Russia invaded England, he replied "I would offer them tea."

That is not at all my view!

Here is the story from the book I bought:

While addressing the crowd at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park the distinguished Methodist minister, Lord Soper, was interrupted by a heckler who kept shouting "What about flying saucers?"

Finally Lord Soper turned to him and, much to the delight of his audience, silenced him with "I cannot deal with your domestic difficulties now."

And no, there is no aristocratic estate that accompanies the title of Lord, so no castle or manor house for us!

Donald Soper was given the non-hereditary title of Lord for his life long dedication to good works.

There is a touching obituary in a London newspaper and it ends with "His was a gallant, debonair faith, yet under all the layers of sophistication he was at heart a simple believer. Jesus was his master and friend right up to the end."

27 comments:

Art @ Home said...

Wow what a witness he was! Thanks so much for sharing this bit of family history with us. :D

Michelle said...

I believe we need more people like him in our world today.

Susan Payton said...

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Wanda said...

Oh that is a funny story, and quick wit.

Mari said...

I think it's pretty neat that you're related to him. Love that story!

Denise said...

Sounds as if He was a great Man. Isn't it fun finding out about wonderful family history.

Denise said...

Great story.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love the fact that he had a sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd with the comment about the flying saucer and domestic difficulties! LOL

But more than that, I love that the obituary says he knew who his master and real "Lord" was. Jesus, the alpha and omega and finisher of our faith. Savior and friend. The name to which every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that He is Lord. When all of our differences are stripped away, when we no longer argue or debate about this or that, Jesus will be our bond.

I look forward to meeting Lord Sopper some day and so many other interesting people, relatives, and friends.

xo

Sheila

Happyone said...

Sounds like quite a man. : )

Inger said...

Some people are such originals and he certainly was one and one with his heart in the right place.

Dee said...

How nice to have a relative in the family tree with such a zest for the Lord and humor.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So exciting to be related to a "Colorful" aristocrat....Big bummer no sprawling estate in your future lol!

Carol

Nellie said...

What a wonderful story! We are members of the United Methodist Church, so this story has special meaning to me. A great ancestor for your husband!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

He sounds like a really interesting man, and what a great story to find about him.

Jen

Marie said...

He sounds so fascinating! Isn't genealogy filled with wonderful surprises!

Delvalina said...

how fun to find that your husband related to kind of great people in the world :)

And thanks for sharing a bit of the story!

have a great day mrs Terra.
Blessing,
Delvalina

BumbleVee said...

hahah... domestic difficulties ..that's hilarious!

Joy said...

What a wondeful story. I hope when I leave this earth one day, that will be a defintion of me.
Jesus was her master and friend right up to the end."
Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Friko said...

I remember him too, he was a very interesting figure.

Linda said...

Great story, and we do need more people like him today!

Donna said...

Oh, Terra, I love this! And what a wicked sense of humor with his response to flying saucers! LOL Thanks so much for visiting and all your kind words regarding my bluebird flock, which I'm happy to say is still sticking around!! Take care,
Donna

Carol Z said...

So enjoyed this. Lord Soper was an aristocrat in all the ways that matter.

White Lace and Promises said...

What a sense of humor-flying saucers. Haven't had any one those, maybe some words flying here at there-not bad-just in anger.Thanks for sharing. Fun!

Rebecca said...

He sounds like someone I would love knowing! How proud you must be to have someone of such fine character in your family's history, Terra.

Jenny Woolf said...

How nice to be related to someone who appears in books and memoirs. Nice bit of family history.

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Debora said...

I love this story...what a great person this Lord Soper was! And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!