Did you watch any of the pageantry in honor of Queen Elizabeth II? Today's funeral, attended by foreign dignitaries and ordinary people alike, honored the late queen's devotion to duty, her people, and their welfare. Those who spoke used words like unstinting service, courage, hope, wisdom, diligence, and kindness.
Through 70 years of devoted service, the queen left a legacy that we can all admire. The hymns she chose for today's service point to her deep Christian faith and sure hope of a life after death. The last verse of one of them, by Charles Wesley is:
Finish, then, thy new creation;
true and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
till in heav’n we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love and praise.
How would you want to be remembered? As one of the richest people in the world? As someone who "had it all"? Or as someone who faithfully served God, your family, and your community?
That's really all that matters.
O may all who come behind us
Find us faithful.
(Songwriter: Jon Mohr)