Next Sunday, at the Royal Birthday Party every household will receive a free copy of a beautiful book called ‘The Servant Queen’. This is the story of the 60+ years of faithful service to God and country.
The Queen may not use some of the phrases that are beloved of evangelical Christians, but she has set the most remarkable example of faithful service – attending church every week and praying every day. I was caught by this extraordinary observation from Andrew Marr, that…
There are NO reliable recorded incidents of the Queen losing her temper, using bad language, or refusing to carry out a duty expected of her.”
In sixty-four years as our monarch, amidst regular political crises, a fragmenting empire, frequent tabloid criticism and more than her share of family tragedy – there have been no tantrums, no obscenity, no shirking. What an extraordinary achievement.
Little wonder, that in her introduction to ‘The Servant Queen’, she returns us to the words that continue to inspire her, and which inspired her father…
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 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.”