Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Victoria Day!

now this is certainly a different ruby tuesday post but the royal family has surely been on so many people's minds just lately that i thought i would take the opportunity of canada's victoria day to put this little history of it and the testimony of a beloved queen....queen victoria..

King George VI in Ottawa, Ontario, on his official birthday, Victoria Day 1939The birthday of the monarch was a day for celebration in Canada long before Confederation, with the first legislation regarding the event being in 1845 passed by the parliament of the Province of Canada to officially recognize May 24 as the Queen's birthday.[1] It was noted that on that date in 1854, the 35th birthday of Queen Victoria, some 5,000 residents of Canada West gathered in front of Government House (near present day King and Simcoe Streets in Toronto) to "give cheers to their queen."[2] On May 24, 1866, the town of Omemee, also in Canada West, mounted a day-long fĂȘte to mark the occasion, including a gun salute at midnight, pre-dawn serenades, picnics, athletic competitions, a display of illuminations, and a torch-light procession.[3]

Will I Spend Eternity In Heaven?
Queen Victoria's Testimony

Are we destined to pass our time on earth in a continual and fearful uncertainty, living daily with the terror of not knowing whether or not we shall end up in Heaven or Hell at last? Or may we know here and now that Heaven is our destiny, and be absolutely certain of the fact?

Queen Victoria wanted to be sure. After attending a service in St. Paul's Cathedral, she asked her Chaplain, "Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?" But he knew of no way to be certain.

The "Court News" published these remarks and so they became widely circulated throughout the land. Moved by what he read in a copy that he happened to come across, a quiet and
unassuming evangelist by the name of John Townsend began to think and pray about answering her himself. Finally he sent the following letter to the Queen;

"To her Gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of her most humble subjects:

With trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9,10?

These passages prove that there is full assurance of salvation by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe and accept His finished work.

I sign myself, your servant for Jesus' sake,

John Townsend"

John Townsend told others about his letter to the Queen. Many prayers from many hearts went up to God. In about two weeks he received a modest-looking envelope in which was the following letter;

"To John Townsend:

Your letter of recent date I received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God's grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, "I go to prepare a place for you."

(signed) Victoria Guelph"

Some years later the Queen was visiting the tenants on one of the Royal Estates, and an old lady nervously came up to her, curtseyed, and said, trembling, "Your Majesty, will I see you in Heaven one day?"

Victoria smiled, and replied, "By the all-availing blood of Jesus, you most certainly shall, my dear! I have His word on it!"

God had graciously brought the Queen to full assurance of faith. From the day she received that humble letter she knew that Heaven was hers.

(See also John 20:31; John 5:24; John 10:27,28, Romans 6:23)

have a very happy ruby tuesday our beloved teach mary and all of your terry


Felisol said...

-Dearestest Terry,
What a strong testimony from the little big queen and yourself.
It often seems that certain words can set a soul free.
To me the best help has been words of the helpless.
Like the father in Mark 9: 24"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Those words were enough for him and for the generations to come.

Please, send my best regards to my Canadian family, Mom and Dad Golden and your hubby Bernie.
We all love you here on the far side of the sea, Monten, Serina, Gunnar and me.

Can't you feel our hands stretched out to greet you?
Yours felisol

Sue said...

Terry, what a beautiful testimony! I can not tell you how blessed I am by reading this post.Oh! to be an obedient servant like John Townsend is my desire. Blessings to you and your country as you celebrate Queen Victoria Day

Kim, USA said...

Reading your post inspired me a lot! I don't know the history of Canada and with blogging I knew little by little. The Queen is so humble enough to ask about the chaplain of what she thinks. There is nothing wrong to ask and be lead. What a good post you have it here Terry, thanks for sharing!

Red tulip

Liz said...

Happy Victoria Day!

My RUBY link.

Joyful said...

Wonderful! Happy Victoria Day to you ;-)

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Very...VERY interesting. Happy Victoria Day.

BIRD'S EYE VIEW my newest watercolor painting.

Have a great day, hope to see you stop by to visit.

clavs said...

Happy Ruby Tuesday. mine is here I hope you could visit:
I missed you Aunt Terry!I hope you still remember me.

Amrita said...

My sis told me about this holiday