6th February 2020

A Royal Example

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:16 (NIV)

For people born in, or after, 1952 there has been one constant in our lives and that is our Queen. Whatever is happening in the UK or around the world, Queen Elizabeth II has been a beacon of stability for us. On February 6th, Her Majesty has been Queen for 68 years, setting an amazing example of service and representing the UK in all kinds of circumstances.

I once had the privilege of meeting the Queen and speaking to her. I was told where to stand, how to respond when she spoke to me, and where to wait to be introduced to her. Unfortunately, the person who was supposed to introduce us was overwhelmed by the occasion and the Queen and I were left staring at each other for a few seconds, though it felt longer. Thankfully, she has great experience in these matters and after a pause simply asked me a question to break the ice.

Yet, as famous as our Queen is, there is someone even more important. Someone the Queen has always respected and followed. In her Christmas broadcasts and sometimes in her speeches, she will often refer to her Christian faith and her belief in the Bible. In short, she has never made a secret of her conviction in the existence of a higher power.

I find it fascinating to reflect on the fact that the head of our Royal Family looks up to an even higher authority, an even more important Royal Family. In the Bible there are several references to Jesus as a King, even as the King of Kings! I found my meeting with the Queen to be quite humbling, so I can only imagine what it would be like to meet the King of Kings face to face!

Clearly the Queen thinks along similar lines. How else would you explain away the fact that a person who lives in palaces, is surrounded by servants who cater to her every need or request, and is treated with great respect by world leaders, kneels down in prayer before another—to no less than the King of Kings, the one who loves us all – great and small – so much that he became one of us, bringing with him the gift of everlasting life.

Perhaps this goes a little way to explaining our Queen’s remarkable attitude of service for all these years. The Queen’s example is a lesson to us all and if she has the courage to publicly acknowledge and share her faith, shouldn’t we do so as well?

Prayer
Gracious Father, thank you for the example of our Queen, which we can take for granted. Although our circumstances are very different, help us to share our faith in the same calm, dignified and sincere way. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

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Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
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