Remembering Queen Elizabeth II. We all knew this day was coming but the shock and sadness are deep and very real.
For so many of us, the Queen is the only monarch we have ever known. We're reminded of her every time we use money or stamps. As we mourn her passing, we acknowledge that her death will have a deep impact on us all. For some of us it will be very emotional. For some it will create confused feelings not knowing how to feel. However, for all of us, we need to acknowledge as followers of Jesus, that it deeply affects the nation we live in. Our Queen was a woman of great faith and with an overwhelming servant heart. We thank God for her life well lived and feel amazed that at the age of 96, we know she was still working two days before her death and was able to meet both the outgoing and the incoming Prime Ministers. We thank God that she was granted good health until the very end of her life and given the comfort of dying in her own home surrounded by her family.
A prayer on the death of Her Majesty The Queen
Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her deep faith and her unfailing dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We now move to an era of a new monarch who needs our prayers as he steps into his new role. Please join me in praying for the Royal family as they grieve and the UK as we seek God in this sad time.
It is said that the young Princess Elizabeth gave her father this poem to include in his Christmas address to the nation at the start of WW2. It was read at her mother's funeral. I am sure she will have passed it to Charles as he steps into her role.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,
“Give me a 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 shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
The Gate of the Year by Minnie Louise Haskins