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Ruth’s article in the February Diary January 25, 2022

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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Never before has a monarch ruled for 70 years. HM The Queen has given a lifetime of devoted service to this country and to those of the Commonwealth. On February 6th1952, with the death of her father, Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the throne and began a reign which would be constant through many national and international changes. As she took on this huge role at the young age of 25 she was grieving at the death of her father King George VI.

Many mixed feelings surround the idea of a monarchy but it would be hard to deny the absolute service and duty that the Queen has shown. Many others have copied her example and still do in serving their towns and villages, through voluntary organisations, through paid employment putting the good of others first.

As we mark the beginning of this Platinum year maybe we can each take a moment to remember all who serve their country, and their fellow men and women, however hidden or small. Thank you to all of you. Maybe we can also take a moment to pledge ourselves to work to improve that which is not yet perfect in our nation- to transform society into a thoroughly inclusive, welcome and generous country. Each act of service, however small, makes a difference; together maybe we could manage 70 acts of service to match each year of the Queen’s reign.  

There is no doubt that the Queen has depended on prayer to guide her throughout her life, maybe this year we can pray for her. These words written, when she became the longest serving monarch may remind us of her duty and ours.

“Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant,
we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people,
and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her:
encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good,
until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom.

Amen.”

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