A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

It always shakes the world when a world leader dies—especially when they demonstrated grace and poise like Queen Elizabeth. Perhaps because of my English roots, I have been fascinated with the royals for a long time. I can remember hearing the news about the death of Princess Diana. I had just wrapped up a television sportscast and was giving a pair of interns a ride to their homes. When the news broke, I had to pull the car over for a minute to gather myself. With a heart for broken women, I was empathetic with what Diana dealt with, and hoped to offer her a word of encouragement one day. That dream ended August 31, 1997.

We now say goodbye to the Queen. I had a great respect for her, especially because she was a woman of faith, and is portrayed that way even in the various television series about the monarchy. Before she took over as Queen of England in 1952, the soon-to-be queen said, “I want to ask you all, whatever your religion may be, to pray for me on that day,” she said, “to pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.”[1] I believe she has done so, even with the entire world watching her every move.

God placed Queen Elizabeth in this role. Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Yet very few governmental figureheads remain in power as long as Queen Elizabeth so there’s this thought that her Maker was pleased with the way she ruled—letting it play out for seven decades.

So this is my tribute to this dignified and regal woman of God. I know she will be missed by many across the world but it’s important to note that God saved the queen. As she walked through the gates of Heaven into her Maker’s presence, I imagine she heard: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

[1] https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2022/september/obit-queen-elizabeth-ii-personal-faith-christian-bible.html

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  1. I am sure Queen Elizabeth did not leave anything on the table, she lived the life to the fullest that God gave her. Are you living your life to the fullest that God gave you? Or are your worrying over the small stuff when God Says “I AM ENOUGH” You are made in God’s image and You are enough! Start playing full out today and walking in your purpose and see the great things God will do for you! Extend your FAITH over fear.

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