History, and his story by Jon Magee

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Is it an accident that history is made of letters that remind us of “his story”? There is much within history, but we learn lessons when we see the people in the midst

As we reflect through the ages there are some things that will strike us for differing reasons. In the UK the 2nd of June will be remembered for the coronation of the Queen in 1953. Following the death of her father Queen Elizabeth II was formally crowned as The Queen with hundreds of millions listening on radio and for the first time people watched the coronation proceedings on live television. After the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, millions of rain-drenched spectators cheered the 27-year-old queen born in 1926 and her husband, the 30-year-old duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a five-mile procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage. I wonder if it was part of cementing the connection of my family in history that I have a family photo taken whilst in Singapore, dated on the back was the 2nd June 1953. My own father-in-law, a soldier with the Black Watch regiment, was flown back from his service in Korea to take part in the procession and celebrations in London. Once again, it was a personal role in history and a part of history in “his story”.

The same date will also be remembered for the Surveyor 1 moon landing on the 2nd June 1966. This was the first US space probe to land on the moon as “Surveyor 1” had a soft landing on Moon. Though the Russians had landed earlier, the newspapers headlines, internationally, were full of the event. I lived in Aden, Yemen, at the time during the military conflict and terrorism at the end of the British presence. We listened as the news came on the radio. It was a time of celebration as man reached to the stars, yet down the road from where we listened to the radio could be heard the sound of explosions and gun fire.

In my previous post, you will have noted the 2nd June was also the date on which my wife Joan and I were married. It was a landmark day for us as a couple, whatever may be happening in the history of the world. I recall talking with Joan, noting that my youth had been lived in the military hot spots of the world. However, things will be different now, I said. Our 1st posting together would be in a romantic Mediterranean island, with all the stories of Aphrodite. Is there any better way to start married life, it must be like an extended honeymoon? That was 1973, however, we were there a year and there was a military coup and the Turkish invasion.

Life does not always develop how we intend it to do. We look back and reflect, seeking to learn the lessons of history. We look forward and make our plans, even if we do not know what surprises or shocks will appear on the way. Life inevitably is full of lessons to learn and steps of faith, even if we do not consider ourselves to be people of faith, not knowing what the future will gift to us.

There are times when we personally have known the tragedy of death, and the joy of new life. I do not know how you plan to face the unknown, but for us it has been one where the faith in the God of life has been the source of enabling as we reached the turning points of history, both in the cradle of the world as well as our family life. My writings have been demonstrations of life in tough times, yet they have sought to find ways of showing the possibility of hopefulness, even when life may seem hopeless. My hope is that the reader will also discover hope, wherever you may be in history or reaching to the future.

Bio

Jon Magee is the author of 2 books, “From Barren Rocks to Living Stones” and “Paradise Island, heavenly Journey”. The books come with the experience of life lived in a variety of countries throughout the world, often in the midst of military conflict and terrorism, which was the heart of his life from an early age. He is the wife of Joan, the father of 3 daughters, 2 sons and the grandfather of 7 children.

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8 thoughts on “History, and his story by Jon Magee

  1. John B. Rosenman

    Jon, the 2nd of June was a momentous day, and it may be so again in your life. You know, I remember the queen’s coronation. This is a very moving memoir and personal reflection. I especially like your belief in the possibility of hopefulness, even when life may seem hopeless.

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    1. Jon magee

      Thank you John. I am conscious that we can see problems as barriers to fall over, or we can see them as hurdles to soar over when we focus on the finishing line. They may seem to be the same thing, yet the outcome can be so very different.

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  2. Yves Johnson

    Jon,
    I did not know today was so special. The queen thought it was so special she chose to coronation to celebrate the day with you. Seriously, thank you for the insightful article. Thank you for revealing how your faith sustains you. It is inspiring. Congratulations on this wonderful day that commemorates your wedding.

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  3. Jon magee

    Thank you Yves. Yes, and I am aware that the faith we speak of is a bridge that can unite us across the Atlantic.

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  4. Salvatore Buttaci

    Listening to the queen’s coronation broadcast on our Zenith radio was a thrill. She was quite young back then; we were younger. I’d give Elizabeth five gold stars for her royal demeanor and grace.
    thanks, Jon, for this top-notch writing.

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    1. Jon magee

      Thank you Sal. Yes, she would have been a young woman in her 20’s then. Thank you also for your kind words.

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