Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

I’m sure like me, you’ve watched or read many programmes or stories about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last week after serving as our head of state for 70 years. There has been one statement I’ve heard describe the Queen’s many years of service, which has really stayed with me.

A constant presence in a changing world.

Queen Elizabeth II was known for her service and her sense of duty. It was also well known that she had a strong Christian faith which was evident throughout her life, in both her words and actions. She clearly trusted God to be a constant in her life, knowing He was always there to help and guide her as she carried out her duties as queen, in this ever changing world.

I have found myself reminded of the song ‘The Greatest of These’, which is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, and describes what makes a true follower of Jesus.

Though in declaring Christ to the sinner,
I may all men surpass,
If love impassioned seal not the message,
I am naught but sounding brass

Love suffereth patiently;
Love worketh silently;
Love seeketh not her own.
Love never faileth;
Love still prevaileth;
Lord, in me Thy love enthrone!

Though I have wisdom lighting all mysteries,
Though I may all things know,
Though great my faith be, removing mountains,
Without love ’tis empty show.

Though I distribute all my possessions,
Though as a martyr die,
My sacrifices profit me nothing,
Unless love doth sanctify.

I pray today that just as Queen Elizabeth II trusted God throughout her live, so we too may know that the greatest constant in our life, is God.

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