Thought for the week with Rev Edward Lyons

Another week, and more tears shed for more humans murdered in cold blood. Where is the hope?

I was born in 1977. Since then a great many things in life have changed.

Yet through it all the Queen has been a constant in my life. Prime ministers have come and gone, violence at home and abroad, wars, mass killings, the troubles in Northern Ireland, football tournaments, olympics, unions and referendums.

I sometimes wonder what it must be like for her because the nation she can remember from her childhood was fighting a war against Germany, not merely trying to win the European championship or vote to stay or leave a geopolitical union along with them.

For all the years the Queen has given, we all know she will not be on the throne forever.

Maybe there will even be a day when the monarchy is no more in this nation, such has been the volume of change, the idea is not impossible.

This is why comfort that lasts and guidance that works cannot come from any source that can change. The Bible states that God alone is eternal and he holds the whole expanse of time before him. He is not surprised by the darkness of the human heart, nor is he approving of it.

There is an old hymn which says, “So be it Lord, Thy throne shall never like earth’s proud empires pass away. Thy Kingdom stands and grows forever, till all thy creatures own thy sway.”

The Royal sceptre ha sat the top of what is thought to be the largest diamond in the world.

It is known as the Star of Africa. Yet at the very top of the sceptre is a cross.

Thus showing whoever holds the sceptre that there is another Monarch who is higher still.

This is why the Bible states that Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lord’s and in him there is real unchanging hope. For the day is coming when all tears will be wiped from our eyes.