So many tributes are being expressed and shared, reflections on the impact that Queen Elizabeth II had on the world. Commentaries of her commitment to service, her dedication and the guiding light that she was to so many. Her deep faith and commitment to Jesus apparent through many of these.
Her faith was known to sustain her through adversity and hardship. A faith that she so generously shared with us, and often challenged us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
I can think of no better tribute to her than to share some of her words of faith.
‘To many of us our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings 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.’2000
‘I know just 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!’2002
For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.’2014
It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing: simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus — a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith. His birth marked a new beginning. As the carol says, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight”.2021
At the time Queen Elizabeth passed away, several sightings of rainbows above the castles of Balmoral, Windsor and over Buckingham Palace appeared. A news correspondent went so far as to call it a phenomenon. One observer was lead to say “Looks to me like Heaven rolled out the red carpet for her.”
Indeed, our Queen that served our King. I am not surprised to think that there would have been much rejoicing in Heaven over her.
May she Rest In Peace and rise in glory.