Monthly letter

Dear Friends
At the start of June there really is only one thing I can talk about. This month
the Queen becomes the first monarch in British history to celebrate a Platinum
Jubilee.
The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 was the first big ‘TV moment.’ It did more
than any other to make television a mainstream medium. People went out to
buy their first TV’s to watch it and those that didn’t crammed into their
neighbours’ houses to watch Princess Elizabeth be crowned as Queen. For
the years that have followed the Queen has lived her life in the public spotlight.
Over the years the Queen and her family’s lives have been watched and
digested by millions of people. TV news filmed her as she sat alone in
Westminster Abbey mourning her husband. When her son got married,
pictures of the ceremony were beamed to TV’s around the world. When her
children went through divorces, the ins and outs were broadcast across the
front pages of national newspapers. When her grandchildren lost their mother,
journalists camped outside her house waiting for her to make a statement.
The Queen has spent more than 70 years living her life under a microscope;
sharing both her highs and lows with her subjects. It strikes me as amazing
that after all the ups and downs, surrounded by constant attention, the Queen
has managed to maintain her public persona of calm dignity. Under all that, a
good role model and providing a sense of stability in an ever-changing world.

As the country celebrates the Platinum Jubilee there will be no shortage of
opinions on what the Queen has and hasn’t achieved. There will be a lot of
looking back and possibly some looking forward as well.
Whilst we reflect on the Queen’s 70-year reign we may wonder how she
manages to do what she does. What has sustained her and kept her? What
enabled her to become the longest serving monarch in British history? I have
no doubt many different answers will be given to those questions, but the
Queen herself has been quite open and honest about what keeps her
grounded.
At the Start of June 2022 it seems right to listen to the woman of the hour. In
her 2014 Christmas message the Queen shared what her source of strength
is and where her values and principles come from.
“For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate
today, 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 to respect and value all people of
whatever faith or none.”
From the Queen’s Christmas Message, 2014.
For 70 years now when we have sung the National Anthem we have prayed
to God that the Queen may be ‘long to reign over us’. I think that this month
could be considered a celebration of God answering that prayer.
Rev Phil Price

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