The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Growing up, the only royalty I concerned myself with was the tragic and mysterious Romanov family. However, even as a child I knew that Queen Elizabeth II was the Queen of England. She was a constant throughout my life, though distant and seemingly irrelevant as I live in America and not Great Britain. As I grew older, I became more aware of her role in the world, and that of the royal family. I love history and she was a major part of contemporary history. The news of her death last week was an absolute shock. As I told my friend, realistically I knew the day would come, yet I still hoped it never would.

Praying for the Family

I know what it is to lose a grandmother. Even when you shore yourself up, telling yourself it is coming, the actual passing is a shock. A heartbreak. I could not imagine having to deal with that grief in front of an audience and yet that is exactly what the royal family is having to do. They have a world-wide audience. Because of their position, the world has been given second and third row seats to their grief.

Perhaps it is some comfort to the royal family, to know that so many people are grieved at the passing of their loved one. But we must all remember that there is a level of intimacy in their grief that we do not reach simply because we do not fully know her as they did. The world lost a Queen. The royal family lost a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother. The matriarch of their family.

I believe that we should by all means support them, but remain respectful to them. They are only human, no matter how mighty they may seem.

I hope you will join me in praying that God be their Comforter, their Peace, during this time.

My Prayer for King Charles III

I learned of the news right before I went into my quiet time with God and reading Proverbs 8 became my prayer for the new king, Charles III.

To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men…Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things. All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them. They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it]. Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, an all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion. The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power. By me kings reign and rulers decree justice…I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.

Prov. 8:4-21

I pray that King Charles III will walk in the way of Wisdom. That he will rule with justice and righteousness. A merciful king who walks in the way of morality and spiritual virtue. That he would lead the countries in his care with true wisdom, sound knowledge, and active understanding. That he would be as Solomon was, seeking not his own way but that of the Lord. That he would be a servant and not a master to his people, acting in their best interests. A king who listens to his people and seeks the way of wisdom and peace. I pray King Charles III would be like David, his heart open and devoted to God and his people. That his legacy would be of a firm foundation and not of sand. May we truly say God has saved the king.

Lay it Down

The world will not be the same without her. I hope the era we now enter is one that she could be proud of. I pray that her legacy is strong, that our world will not be so damaged by it that we become unrecognizable. It is crazy to me to think that there will be generations who will not live in a world with her in it. Maybe that seems weird, as I am an American, but our world is interconnected in ways we don’t always see or acknowledge. Maybe she wasn’t perfect, but who ever is?

In the days since Her Majesty’s passing, I have read something that is being passed around, a conversation that happened between her and a chaplain. I don’t know if it is a true conversation, however there is truth in it.

Last week, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II entered eternity and laid her crown down at the feet of Jesus.

Photo by Rob Munday

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