18 January 2013

The Queen's Christmas Message

Last July I wrote about our trip to the UK for a homeschool conference. Along the way I mentioned the Queen's (Queen Elizabeth II) Christmas message from the previous December. It was quite the Gospel-centered message. Well, she has done it again.

The 2012 iteration of the Queen's message, which she actually filmed in 3-D, is once again gracious and wise. It also makes clear who is the Savior of the world. Here is a part of the text of her message:
Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – 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.

In the last verse of this beautiful carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, there’s a prayer:

O Holy Child of Bethlehem

Descend to us we pray

Cast out our sin

And enter in

Be born in us today

It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.
What irony. The land from which our American forefathers fled in order to practice their Christianity is ruled (ceremonially, at least) by a Christian monarch. The land to which they fled is an increasingly hostile environment for that same belief in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

The message can be viewed here.

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