Preparations are now well in hand for this weekend’s special celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th Jubilee. I am part of the organising team for a Street Party in Union Street, St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey which will take place tomorrow afternoon and we are really hoping that it won’t rain! 60 years on the throne is a tremendous milestone and one worth celebrating. The reign of Elizabeth the Second has seen so many changes but very early on, when the Queen was still in her twenties, she took a remarkable step of preparation. Speaking in a live broadcast the young Elizabeth pledged herself to the service of her realm and peoples for the rest of her natural life. In other words, the Queen made a commitment, public and clear, forthright and forceful, that would affect the direction of her whole life and that of the British peoples.
That kind of self-less commitment may be rare in our day, but it is a powerful illustration of what it means to begin a life of dedication to God and to others. Commitment is still the foundation stone of Christian discipleship. Those who respond to the call of Christ must make a clear commitment of their lives to His service. Whether done in youth or in old age, there is no other way to prepare to both serve and then one day meet – our God. May He help us to make or to remake that commitment this weekend. Have a wonderful Jubilee.