The Queen's Legacy
So many of us have been touched by the recent death of Queen Elizabeth. From my generation forward, we haven’t known a day of our lives until now that the Queen was not on her throne.
A dear friend just happened to be in Scotland near Edinburgh Castle when the Queen died. On social media, she posted a video of Edinburgh with "God Save the Queen" audio on the day of her death. The sense of loss was palpable.
|Edinburgh Castle, photo credit Melissa Tanner|
Whatever one thinks of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth’s enduring presence for seventy years has been a thread that provided constancy in a world of certain change.
As I looked over the news coverage from the past week, I found this quote from her that Prince Edward read at the Church of England’s eleventh national assembly when she was unable to attend a few months back. These words give strong guidance even if you are not a citizen of the British Empire.
"None of us can slow the passage of time; and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings."
The older we get, the more her words resonate about none of us being able to slow the passage of time. But like her, we have found that what is unchanged keeps us steady and unmovable.
Her words echo those of Paul in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and also James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
The Queen, a lover of the Bible, once asked, “To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn, than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?” Again, the focus is on what does not change recalling the writing of the Psalmist, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens" (Psalm 119:89).
As the remembrances of her continue over the next few days, much will be said about her service and her reign, but many think her greatest legacy is her enduring faith in Jesus Christ.