Queen of the Netherlands 1880-1962
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white...He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.
Revelation 3:4-5 NIV
It was an unusual funeral when the mourners at Queen Wilhelmina's burial did not wear the customary black but white garments, as she had requested before her death. The music, too, was different for a state funeral when the rousing gospel hymn, "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today," was sung.
In 1940, the Germans invaded the Netherlands and attempted to capture Queen Wilhelmina. She was able to escape to London, where she directed her armed forces in Germany and Japan. When the war ended, her people joyfully welcomed her home, and she ruled the Dutch people until her death.
To be "dressed in white" speaks of the purity of one who has washed his garments in the blood of the Lamb. It also depicts the faith of the wearer; in the face of grave danger, that person remained faithful. This was true of Queen Wilhelmina. When her dying requests were honored, the watching world knew she had died a Christian.
You may not have to say a word to your friends and family about your faith in Christ. Simply wear your "white garments"- a clean life- and they will know you walk with the Holy Son of God.
From Devotions for Women by Jewell Johnson
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