Thoughts on the Diamond Jubilee
Some thoughts from UK about our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Point of information: this weekend was chosen as the equivalent point of the year to the Coronation in 1953. That was 59 years ago, because it was not celebrated till 16 months after she became Queen in 1952.
Like a large majority of Brits, I cannot remember a time when she was not the Queen. And yet … and I really don’t get this Passage of Time thing at all … I can remember as a 3-year-old watching her Coronation on next door’s tiny black and white TV, along with 19 others crammed into a small living room.
- In a republican world where there are few surviving monarchies, it surely helps people to have a visual reflection of the concept of biblical kingship. And Queen Elizabeth has been a clear model of a servant monarch, placing duty and Christian faith far above her own desires and preferences.
- The Queen’s face is one of the most recognizable in the world. In UK, the vast majority of the population have seen her in the flesh, mostly after waiting around in crowds for hours. Her travel routes are often lined by spectators. Yet an unexpected sighting is possible. Both our sons had such fleeting encounters. One, holidaying in Scotland not far from her Scottish residence, was passed by her car on the road. The other happened to be on our village street one dark winter evening when her fleet of cars came through, returning to the local airport after she opened a new hospital. No one knew. No one was looking out for her. My office overlooks the road, yet I saw nothing.
How easy it is for people to not know their King is near, within the calling distance He has promised.
- Few people get the OT significance of Jubilee – a once-in-a-lifetime writing off of all debts, a structure that reminded people that everything they owned was really held on lease-hold, and that mistakes and wrong judgements could be healed.
And, if you missed the flotilla, here’s a 40-second time lapse video of the amazing spectacle:
Photo credit: Geograph.org.uk | Creative Commons
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