‘The local authority is Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council. Its motto, adapted from the opening words of the Latin version of Psalm 133, is ‘Quam bonum in Unum habitare’, which translates roughly as ‘How good it is to dwell in unity’.
‘Figures released in 2013 by London’s Poverty Profile – a joint project between New Policy Institute and Trust for London – found Kensington and Chelsea to have the greatest imbalance between high and low earners.’ Quoted from Wikipedia
‘Today Kensington Palace contains the offices and London residences of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. It also contains the offices and residences of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.’ Royal.uk
‘The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.’ Proverbs 22:2 NLT
Father God, you know that Kensington Palace is positioned in a London borough that has a diversity of people from different nations. You know that amongst the densely populated people of the Kensington borough some people are poorer whilst others are richer – those that are struggling to manage each day with what they have, and those that have plenty.
We especially remember the Grenfell Tower fire that happened in June 2017 and how the tragedy impacted many, and still deeply affects this community. Continue to comfort all those who still need homes and a way of managing the crisis that befell them. Be their absolute everything today and every day.
Thank you that you know each person by name and their location. You, O Lord made them all, and each person is valuable in your sight. Father God, provide for those who remain in need in the Kensington borough. Open the eyes of the richer residents of the borough to see those in their neighbourhood who need help in some way. Give wisdom to the management of the borough to discern the right decisions to make. To discern the right places and people to give assistance to, and how to help people recover their lives after the devastation that they have experienced.
‘How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live in harmony!’ Psalm 133:3 NLT
Thank you that the motto of the Kensington borough has its origin in this verse. To live in harmony is a difficult thing in diverse communities. Seeing the differences yet celebrating them as ‘brothers and sisters’ takes a great deal of courage and determination. Encourage the borough towards a greater sense of community, breaking the stigma between richer and poorer. Foster within it a deep level of communication that has never been seen before, starting with concern for one another. May this grow into service across the communities and for this to be an amazing beacon for many to see and be a part of.
We pray for peace that passes all understanding to guard the hearts of those who find it difficult to see the inequality between the richer and poorer communities that live side by side. We thank you that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth & HRH Prince William were able to meet people after the Grenfell Tower fire. We also thank you that The Royal Foundation, spearheaded by The Queen’s grandchildren living in Kensington Palace, have been able to fund an emotional support hub that supports the survivors of Grenfell and it has been visited by TRH Prince William & Prince Harry recently.
Heavenly Father, thank you that Kensington Palace is an historic building used for family homes, offices and open to the public. Today we thank you for the Royal families who currently live in Kensington Palace. Give them wisdom and discernment as they live there. We pray for the staff who work there, in the offices and gardens. Give them your perspective on their work and their employers.
In Jesus’ name we ask these things,