As one news reporter after another has reminded the public over the last few days, Queen Elizabeth II made a solemn promise on her 21st birthday. She said:
I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said during her funeral service in Westminster Abbey:
Rarely has a promise been so faithfully kept.
Welby’s sermon conclusion had a lesson that all Christian parents want their children to take to heart. He said:
We will all face the merciful judgment of God. We can all share the Queen’s hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death; all who follow the Queen’s example and inspiration of trust and faith in God can with her say, “We will meet again.”
Service in life. Hope in death.
Now that is exactly the life we want for our children and all their descendants. Jesus said:
“For even the Son of Man
did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
As Paul wrote to Titus:
He saved us,
not on the basis of deeds which we did in righteousness,
but in accordance with His mercy,
by the washing of regeneration
and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
whom He richly poured out upon us
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that being justified by His grace
we would be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.