The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
For us as a Nation and as Commonwealth, now is a time to weep and mourn. The passing of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, the beloved husband of our Queen for seventy-three years, and Consort of our reigning Sovereign for over sixty years is in many ways the end of an era. Many if not most of us have never known anyone else other than the Queen reigning on the throne of the Commonwealth and Nation, and for the entire duration of her reign, Prince Philip has been by her side as her strength and stay as the Queen herself expressed it so well.
The Queen and Prince Philip were practically married for a lifetime and lived through times of tumultuous change. They were married in 1947, just as the world was beginning to recover from World War 2, and were together as a solid and united team to lead the Nation and the Commonwealth through many a crisis over the years and into the twenty-first century. During that time, fourteen British Prime Ministers have served, and the Queen and the Prince have met twelve United States Presidents. For many, they have as a couple been a constant source of inspiration and strength in a sea of turmoil and change. Their marriage remained stable and strong and an example of commitment and love to the end.
In her mourning, we lift our Queen to the love and grace of God and pray that the grief she knows may be assuaged by the comforting presence of the Saviour, who she knows and professes so radiantly.
In the Bible, the apostle Paul encourages us to pray for our leaders.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. “1 Timothy 2:1-2 .
Now more than ever before, it is necessary for us to put this into practice. Tomorrow morning as we reflect on these verses, may we remember that, Now is time for us to mourn with our Queen and support her Majesty with our prayers.