This week I was reminded of those who govern us. The Queen, as I watched the birthday celebrations, and the government when I attended a meeting, representing our church, called by James Berry MP, about street homelessness. Reflecting on the Queen one writer said this...
'What truly makes Elizabeth II a great queen is not her parentage, her personality or her position. The Bible tells us that ‘the greatest among you is the one who serves’, and the Queen has certainly taken seriously the promise she made to the nation in a radio broadcast on her 21st birthday, to ‘be devoted to your service’. But as her Christmas messages have made increasingly clear over recent years, she, first and foremost, gives her service to God – the God who turns all our notions of greatness and worth upside down. He declares the poor rich, the weak strong and the foolish wise. He humbles those who exalt themselves, but those who humble themselves, who serve one another regardless of their position or power, them he exalts to true greatness. Not just for one night, but for all eternity.' (Jennie Pollock, London Institute of Contemporary Christianity).
Scripture urges us to pray for all those in authority, and that to do so pleases God. (1Timothy 1-3) and I, for one, am aware that I don't do this enough.