Guided by Faith
By Michael Beasley, Bishop Elect, Diocese of Bath and Wells
Visits undertaken, trees planted, ambassadors welcomed, honours awarded, miles travelled! Just a fraction of what our Queen has done. When, on her 21st birthday, Elizabeth II pledged herself to our service her whole life long, she could scarce have imagined the commitment she was making.
What has enabled all the achievement that we celebrate in this year of the Platinum Jubilee? Her reign has seen joy and sorrow, triumphs and setbacks. The Queen gave an insight into what has seen her though in 2002 when she said:
“I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God … I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”
I’m inspired to be coming to Bath and Wells during this Platinum year that sees us celebrate the Queen’s steadfast service that flows from her Christian faith. Just as the young Elizabeth II couldn’t know what lay ahead as she looked to the future, neither can we. As we emerge from COVID, see war in Ukraine and confront a cost-of-living crisis, we live in challenging times. To face our days, we’ll need all the faith and experience, creativity and skills of everyone in Bath and Wells. Above all we have the hope of the Christian Gospel that has stood our Queen in such good stead throughout her long life. It’s the faith I’m looking forward to serving and celebrating with you as together we live and tell the story of Jesus.