This year marks the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations and her o cial birthday falls on 11th June. I have just been reading a book entitled “The Servant Queen and the King she Serves”. It is full of interesting anecdotes about Her Majesty. I particularly enjoyed the occasion, the comedian Tommy Cooper met the Queen – he asked her if she minded answering a personal question:
“Do you like football?” asked Cooper.
“Well, not really,” the Queen replied.
“In that case, do you mind if I have your Cup Final tickets?”
The thread that runs right through the book is the Queen’s living faith in Jesus. In her foreword to the book, she recalls the words of a poem quoted by her father, King George VI, in his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939, the year that the country went to war for the second time in a quarter of a century:
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.”
And that is what Queen Elizabeth II herself has done. Many of her own words are quoted in the book as she helpfully seeks to turn her nation’s eyes to Christ. Here are a few examples:
“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… I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”
“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 a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.”
“The Servant Queen and the King she Serves” is a beautifully presented book and about 60 pages long. You may know someone for whom it would be a great gift, particularly with its emphasis on the Queen’s faith in Jesus. I wish I could have given it to my own grandmother before she passed away but I can think of a number of other people for whom it would be really helpful. There will be a pile of copies available at St. Andrew’s.
With love in Christ,