Josiah Dies in Battle
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him; but when Pharaoh Neco met him at Megiddo, he killed him. His servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in place of his father.
Reinstating the things that matter
Turning the people to God's law.
Drawing up a covenant of service.
Leading a nation
on a path of rediscovery
of the ways of God.
But all of Josiah's goodness
and endeavours to do what was right
could not cancel out
the evil that had been
or the carnage that was to come.
One good King
could not turn a fickle people
from their destructive ways.
King Josiah was killed
and evil won the day.
In the darkness of these days, O God, convict us with our slowness to act and with our reluctance to stay on the course that brings life. Confront us with our easy choices that ruffle few feathers and give us courage to enter the fray with love that does not back down in the face of evil. May we know love that overcomes the world.