Queen Elizabeth II describes the Significance of Christmas.
The Christmas Message gives reflections on the significance of Christmas from The Queen’s Christmas broadcasts including excerpts from each of her Christmas Broadcasts. This book compiles in one volume her Majesty’s reflections on the meaning and significance of Christmas. This book has excerpts from all her Christmas Broadcasts with a double page for each of her annual Broadcasts.
Who might be interested?
All ages can benefit from her statements of faith.
What inspired you to compile these broadcasts?
Surprisingly, The Queen, says a lot about the real meaning of Christmas and the significance of the Christmas story. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the first of her annual Christmas Speeches (1952), reminded us that “Peace on earth, Goodwill toward men” is the eternal message of Christmas, and the desire of us all. The Queen’s Christmas Messages describe the significance of Christmas as well as giving us her compassionate review of the year. This book compiles in one volume her Majesty’s reflections on the significance of Christmas.
From the Introduction:
Her Majesty The Queen expressed her Christian faith in these quotations, among many other statements of faith in her Christmas Broadcasts.
This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. (2012)
For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none. (2014)Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. (2016)
We remember the birth of Jesus Christ, whose only sanctuary was a stable in Bethlehem. He knew rejection, hardship and persecution. And, yet, it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad. (2017)
Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another. (2015)
For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach. (2013)
God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general … but a Saviour, with the power to forgive. Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love. (2011
About the Author
Dr Geoff Waugh taught on renewal and revival in Trinity Theological College and Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia, as well as in Bible Schools in Papua New Guinea and in the South Pacific Islands. He led short-term missions and taught church leaders in Africa, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, China and in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. He is the founding editor of the Renewal Journal and is the author of books on ministry and mission. Geoff & Meg have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Geoff is grateful to his family and to God for his strong evangelical heritage and for enriching fellowship with God’s wonderfully diverse people.
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