Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819 and she reigned over the British Empire for 63 years and seven months. Canadians used to celebrate her birthday every May 24 but somewhere along the line, we got tired of a day off in the middle of the week. We wanted consistency!
In Canada we now celebrate her birthday on the third Monday of May which this year is May 18. Except now it’s not really her birthday we celebrate, but Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. She was born on April 21, 1926 but graciously changed her celebrations to the old Queen’s date.
The interesting thing is that by September 10, 2015, our current Queen Elizabeth will have been queen longer than Victoria, her great-great grandmother. This is very exciting for Royalists like me.
Maybe it’s the first you’ve heard of their genealogy, but if you read up on it, you will understand it more and more.
Complicated? Yes, indeed. And sometimes the Bible seems that way too. There’s so much we don’t understand on our first read through. Never fear. Time and effort and the Holy Spirit will make it all clear to you. For the time being, all you have to know is this.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10, NIV)
Prayer – Thanks, Lord, that your highlights (and ours!) are always Jesus. Amen