11:00 am today at Westminster Abbey we say goodbye to the longest serving monarch, we say goodbye to the Queen, we say goodbye to a mother of 4, grandmother of 8 ad great-grandmother of 12. We say goodbye to someone who has been there through the war, through Prime Ministers, through Presidents, through the thick and thin, through world challenges and changes. We say goodbye to someone who has been there in the last 70 years. I know some people may not agree or understand what the Queen did but I think anyone who has reigned over this country for 70 years deserves a big send off and deserves to be remembered.
“My whole life, whether it be long or short, will be devoted in service.” This was said by the Queen when she was only a Princess and she stuck to those words, she is the most travelled Monarch in the whole of history, she bought peace to so many countries, she took pride in all the people she met, she met every new Prime Minister, she visited all of her Commonwealth countries and a lot more. Not only did she have time for the important people and those people that came to her but she also had time for the people around the world, she would spend ages, often unscheduled time, to be with her people and to speak to them when she didn’t have too. She was the important person but made you important instead.
Today as we say goodbye to our Queen we remember all the things she did over time, all the hands she shook, all the bouquets of flowers she accepted, today we remember someone who lost their father at the age of 25 and was suddenly thrown into being Queen, we remember a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a friend and so much more. Today as we watch the ceremony we need to remember those people who will be there from her distant cousins from Europe, to the family members, to the people that served in her household to the army and to many people who were close to her. We need to remember that this day they are saying goodbye to not only our Queen but in inner circles someone who was very normal and who would make other people laugh.
In this time of sadness and reflection I want to remember her children and her family, this is a very public funeral and her children have not really had time to mourn the lose of their mother. I know that they are part of the public life but in reality they have lost a mother and father within 17 months of each other and for any normal person that is hard enough but when it is so public that is even harder! Can you imagine loosing both your parents in that amount of time and privacy and the quiet that you want but not being able to have it? That is what the royal family are going through at the moment.
At this time we may feel lost, we may not understand what is going on and some of us may have even put our faith in the Queen but what I can say for sure is that God really did save the Queen and we are able to know that she is now with Jesus Christ in heaven. Her Majesty was very open about her faith and I am sure that she is with her saviour now. ‘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.’ The Queen once stated the above and it is clear that she did put her faith and her whole life in Gods hands that he can now say ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ Today as we reflect on the Queens life will you take time to reflect on the life that God has given you and how you can trust in him?