Thank you, Queen Elizabeth
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
As the world collectively and personally grieves the death of Queen Elizabeth, we have the opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary life and dedication. We can be thankful for the person she was, and the example she set.
The day the Queen passed, I was on my way to England for a pre-planned trip. As I arrived at the airport, there were beautiful pictures of the Queen. As I walked around tiny English villages the next day, shop windows were full of more photos of Her Majesty, with one window displayed the different stamps with her picture. People expressed affection and respect for the Queen as I spoke with them. The Royal Family has shared their grief, love, and thankfulness. The news has been full of pictures of the outpouring of affection towards her, as people talk about their respect and love for her. Leaders worldwide have emotionally expressed what she meant to them and how much she will be missed. All examples of a life well lived.
As I listened to people’s stories, I could not help but think of Micah 6:8 and how Queen Elizabeth has been an example of living what God requires of everyone. What does that involve?
“To do justice, love kindness, and work humbly with our Lord.”
The intent of this verse was part of the oath she took at her Coronation, shared below. She asked God to help her keep these promises. Queen Elizabeth focused on doing the right thing, no matter how difficult that would be. She demonstrated kindness and mercy and walked humbly with her God. She often referred to her faith and Jesus.
Oath graphic found at: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/jubilee/gallery/queen-elizabeth-second-highlights/coronation-oath/