A new book shares how God offers a framework for the life and work of Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Posted in , Nov 21, 2019
My wife and I have been mesmerized by the TV show The Crown and its enthralling story of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II. As more than one episode has shown, this monarch who carries the title, among others, of “Defender of the Faith,” is not simply mouthing the words. I was delighted when a new book crossed my desk called The Faith of Queen Elizabeth by Dudley Delffs.
To pin down such a very private individual is clearly a challenge but when you read some of the things she has said during her 67-year reign, most often from her annual Christmas messages, you get glimpses of her soul. Here is a sampling (thanks, Mr. Delffs):
“I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me that day–to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.” —Six months before her Coronation
“Today we need a special kind of courage. Not the kind needed in battle, but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest. We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics, so that we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future.” —Annual Christmas broadcast, 1957
“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.” —Annual Christmas broadcast, 1991
“For me the teachings of Christ and my own person accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” —Annual Christmas broadcast, 2000
“Grief is the price we pay for love.” —Condolence message at service of remembrance after 9/11
“At the heart of our faith stand not a preoccupation with our own welfare and comfort but the concepts of service and of sacrifice.” —General Synod Inauguration address, 2010
“For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace…is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, He stretched out His hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none.” —Annual Christmas broadcast, 2014