Death tends to take us by surprise whenever it ushers a loved one into eternity. When Queen Elizabeth died on September 8th, the initial news took much of the world by surprise. Was it possible the woman who had served her country for seven decades as its monarch could be dead? She was such a constant presence in the world, a source of comfort, strength, and joy. We will need to learn to live without her beaming smile and “keep calm and carry on” attitude.
As the tributes pile up, I would like to add my own in the form of a story about one of Her Majesty’s closest American friends. In my podcast, American Stories, I share anecdotes about the Queen as told by the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham in his autobiography. You can listen to it by clicking on Anchor.fm/rebeccapricejanney
A few days ago my pastor, Dr. Marnie Crumpler, recalled how the Queen showed her solidarity with Americans in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks on our nation by playing “The Star Spangled Banner” outside Buckingham Palace. Pastor Marnie added, “I have always marveled at her gracious faith and trust in Christ evidenced in her life and especially public in her annual Christmas addresses. How wonderful to know that the Queen is now in the presence of the King of Kings.”