A TRIBUTE TO QUEEEN ELIZABETH II
For 70 long years over 2.5 billion people living in the Commonwealth of Nations – comprised of 56 independent countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific – have sung: “God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen! Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us, God save the Queen.”
Her long reign ended on September 8, at age 96, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, when Queen Elizabeth II died.
Billions of people have deeply felt her loss. To them she embodied constancy and stability through the many changes and challenging times throughout history. Queen Elizabeth was a woman of deep faith in Jesus. Today, as a tribute to this great woman of history, I share some of her quotes that strongly attest to her Christian faith and hope in Jesus. They are extracted from various speeches she made throughout her royal reign.
“For me the teaching of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life… I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.”
“Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither philosopher nor general, important through they are, but a Savior, with the power to forgive.”
“For me, as a Christian, one of the most important of these teachings is contained in the parable of the Good Samaritan, when Jesus answers the question, ‘Who is my neighbour?’ It is a timeless story of a victim of a mugging who was ignored by his own countrymen but helped by a foreigner – and a despised foreigner at that. The implication drawn by Jesus is clear. Everyone is our
, no matter what race, creed, or color. The need to look after a fellow human being is far more important than any cultural or religious differences.”
“I know just how much I rely on my own 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. Like others of you who draw from your own faith, I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”
“Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never traveled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them. - Elizabeth II.”
In memory and in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Rich blessings in Jesus my friend.
The Barnabas Group / Loads of Love