Tuesday

The queen, the royal family and the nation are in a period of mourning following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh just two months short of his 100th birthday. The union jack is at half mast, church bells were rung at midday on Saturday (including at St Mary’s), special services of prayer were held in churches on Sunday and next Saturday is the funeral.

At almost one hundred and in ill health it is still a shock to hear of the prince’s death. It makes no difference who we are or the age of the person. To lose someone we’ve loved plunges us into deep grief and the royal family and especially the queen will be no different.

In the church we are still in the season of Easter and celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. And we are an Easter people who have hope through the defeat of death by Jesus, the grave can no longer hold power over us.

Grief may still hurt us deeply but we have a God who understands how we feel at times like this, Jesus cried at the grave of his friend Lazarus and he knows what it is to die. With Jesus help our life can be renewed and deep grief can give way to a quiet acceptance and hope that is in Jesus through his resurrection from the Dead.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11 v 25 – 26;

Prayer

We pray for all whose lives have been touched by tragedy, whether by accident or a deliberate act. For those who mourn, immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness into your arms, and light. For those who comfort, be in both the words they use and all that's left unspoken; fill each heart with love. We ask this through Jesus Christ, whose own suffering brought us life, here and for eternity. Amen (courtesy of Faith and Worship).

May be an image of sky and text that says "He is not here, for he Risen! has 十一"