Commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh

MarkBible Reflection

18 The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this finds you well.

Since our last post, HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has died. As a Nation we have much to give thanks for his life; for his steadfast love and loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen, for his many years of faithful public service to this Nation and the Commonwealth, for the Duke of Edinburgh awards, which encouraged and equipped so many young people with life skills, for his character, sense of humour, and faith.

As we give thanks for his life we will rightly mourn him. For all of us he has been part of the fabric of this Nation for so long that his loss will be felt by many far and wide. As we mourn, we will naturally think of the Queen and the Royal Family. They will mourn his loss far more than any of us. To them he was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. As we think of them, we can find great comfort in God. Our verse from Psalm 34 assures us that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted. He is not far away or distant but he is right alongside those who are grieving and mourning. We saw a beautiful picture of this recently as we looked at Jesus and the widow of Nain; how he got alongside her in her loss and his heart went out to her. This same heart goes out to all those grieving and mourning today. He sees the losses we feel and he cares deeply about them. And in our grief he offers us hope. Psalm 34 verse 18 contains a wonderful promise that God will save those who are crushed in spirit. This promise is fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ as he was crushed in spirit for us on the cross. His death has won for us salvation by faith and his resurrection offers us real hope that, in the face of death, there is everlasting life. This everlasting life will be one where we will be finally free from the pain of sickness, sadness, suffering, and death.

As we give thanks for Prince Philip’s life, mourn his loss and remember the Royal Family, let’s ask God to help us and them know the comfort of his presence and the hope of everlasting life found in the Risen Jesus.

Yours in Christ

Mark