RABAT, MOROCCO—The big news of the week here in the Kingdom of Morocco since I arrived to meet with senior officials, Muslim clerics and Christian leaders is not what I might have expected.

It is not the arrival of the Saudi foreign minister to express Riyadh’s support for Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, despite the fact that building such widespread international affirmation is a top Moroccan priority.

Nor is the big story the fact that direct foreign investment in Morocco rose a remarkable 52% in 2021 — particularly impressive and encouraging given that investment in the rest of North Africa fell by 5% last year.

Nor is the top story the fact that 15 finance ministers from African Union nations have gathered in Rabat to discuss ways to boost economic growth and development on the continent, particularly in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

No, the big news is that on Thursday the Royal Palace announced King Mohammed VI has contracted the COVID-19 virus.

The good news is that His Majesty was described by Professor Lahcen Belyamani, the king’s personal physician, as “asymptomatic.”

The monarch just needs rest, he said, and is in no apparent risk or danger.

As the Apostle Paul commands Christians to pray for kings and all those in authority, I hope you’ll join me in praying for a speedy recovery for His Majesty and that the illness does not distract him from the major challenges and opportunities facing the kingdom.

“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity,” Paul wrote in I Timothy 2:2.

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