One Last Magnificent Porous Day

Author:
Stephen McAlpine
Date:
September 23, 2022
Type:

A reflection on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth ll, noting her example of faith and trust in the almighty God, whose presence reaches down from his heavenly kingdom into his earthly one.

"And for one brief day the nation, indeed billions around the world, watched as a Queen, whose every fibre acknowledged that transcendence, was honoured and laid to rest.

And for an even briefer two minutes – the whole nation fell silent, and the shockwaves of that silence spread to us as well. No phones, no blips, no bleeps, no pings. Silence.

In this final passive act, the Queen called us to acknowledge not our inner selves, or our felt selves, or our authentic selves, or whatever the latest psychobabble bon mot is that describes incurvatus in se, (the self curved in on itself) – but God Himself above. 

Her commitment to transcendence – God’s transcendence meant that down here she lived a life lived outwardly and upwardly."

Image: Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash

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