Although in national (and international) mourning, we return to beginnings and endings of Bible books. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
'for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.'
Reflection. The above passage is a introductory prologue - a 'why the book is written' moment. They are apposite words for any situation, and particularly at this moment in our nation's history. Let the new King, Charles III, be wise, seek justice and equity, have a shrewdness about him. May he hear, gain learning, discern and be skilled. May King Charles fear the Lord. And may all these things be ours, too.
And let's not forget, for all the majesty of being King, King Charles is a man who has just lost his mother. Like all people, whose close one's die, he is grieving greatly. We support him.and his family at this time with our prayers.
Prayer. King of Kings, Lord Jesus, please bring your peace to our earthly King and his family. Grace them with love. Amen.