Musing… following the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, I can do no better than quote from the tribute given by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby:
Grief & Gratitude: There are mixed emotions following Queen Elizabeth’s death. I’m grateful to have lived my life with her leading our nation:
‘As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.
As deep as our grief runs, even deeper is our gratitude for Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary dedication to the United Kingdom, her Realms and the Commonwealth.’
Selfless Service: In a world of power, stars and celebrities Queen Elizabeth was always a servant of her people:
‘In The Late Queen’s life, we saw what it means to receive the gift of life we have been given by God and – through patient, humble, selfless service – share it as a gift to others.
Her Late Majesty found great joy and fulfilment in the service of her people and her God, ‘whose service is perfect freedom’. For giving her whole life to us, and allowing her life of service to be an instrument of God’s peace among us, we owe her a debt of gratitude beyond measure.’
Extraordinary Example: Queen Elizabeth’s life of honour and integrity showed consistency through change, and light in times of darkness:
‘…Even as The Late Queen mourned the loss of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, we saw once again evidence of her courage, resilience and instinct for putting the needs of others first – all signs of a deeply rooted Christian faith…
It was my great privilege to meet Her Late Majesty on many occasions. Her clarity of thinking, capacity for careful listening, inquiring mind, humour, remarkable memory and extraordinary kindness invariably left me conscious of the blessing that she has been to us all.’