The Servant Queen
These past two or three weeks has been a time of great sadness. It all seemed to happen so quickly – an announcement at one lunchtime that The Queen had been ordered to rest, to be followed just a few hours later with the announcement that The Queen had passed away.
It didn’t take long for Facebook to be full of tributes, photographs and drawings all reflecting a nation’s sadness. In one way or another all the country’s politicians, statesmen and officials have been given the opportunity to express their sadness at the passing of this great lady and the tributes weren’t restricted to those living in the United Kingdom, but world leaders joined the clamour to add their thoughts and on occasions their prayers.
One of the great features of The Queen’s life was her Christian faith and whilst the press and television may have been slow to comment on this, faith and prayer played a very important part in Her Majesty’s life.
A book was published about six years ago to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday; its title The Servant Queen and the King She Serves.
The title itself expresses so much about Her Majesty;
Firstly, her willingness to serve God – she was monarch of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and more than 50 other countries who are members of the Commonwealth of Nations. From the very outset The Queen had been determined to serve.
Secondly, the title of the book tells us that she served a King – a king much higher in standing than herself – in fact the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords.
She served in this role both as Defender of the Faith and because of her own unswerving faith. Sometimes it would seem that Her Majesty said things just because she had to. She had to say things as head of the Church of England, but she also had a choice on many occasions when she could opt to include her own private thoughts and so it was that in recent years in her Christmas broadcasts The Queen became outspoken about her faith in God.
These words formed part of The Queen’s Christmas address in 2002:
I know how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings and to put my trust in God… I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.
The Queen chose to place her faith in the King of Kings. She chose to put Him above all others – sound advice and sound practice from a lady who through all her 96 years chose Jesus as her Saviour.
Do you look to God in the good times and the bad? Oh it’s easy to turn to God in the bad times and then lay blame for what has gone wrong. It’s more often forgotten to say a thank you when things go well.
Here at Wellspring Church our lives are committed, like The Queen, to thank God in the good times and to trust Him in the hard times. Will you put your faith in Him? The Queen and her father before her quoted these words:
I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year.
“Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied,
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shalt be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”