There must have been as many times in the past 60 years when the Queen was surprised, worn out, worried, annoyed or simply bewildered by this country and commonwealth of ours, as when she was delighted, encouraged, reassured and cheered up by it.
And yet she is still there, with the same focus and dedication, seemingly unwavering in her commitment to the task in hand.
I gather ten years ago she was invited to take part in some renewal of vows ceremony but she declined, saying that in 1953 she took the job on for life, and life means life.
Simple, put like that.
Perhaps the theme of this week for all of us is that when you undertake something, whether it is a marriage, parenthood, a job, or whatever, it is yours to see it through until it is done.
Sir Francis Drake prayed “O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us to know that it is not the beginning but the continuing of the same, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory.”
Thank heavens for people whom we can rely upon to be there for us come what may, and let us pray for the same strength, courage and determination so we can pass it on to others.
Spalding Quaker Meeting