The Christmas Message gives reflections on the significance of Christmas from Christmas Broadcasts of The Queen, Elizabeth II.
This book describes the Christian emphasis in her annual Broadcasts.
The Queen speaks personally, compassionately, inclusively and about faith in action. She refers regularly to the reason for Christmas including comments such as these:
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. (2011)
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 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)
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. (2014)
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)
The book includes images of annual Christmas postage stamps and images related to the annual Christmas messages.
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Geoff Waugh is the founding editor of the Renewal Journal (www.renewaljournal.com) and author of Christian books on ministry and mission. He has taught in colleges in Papua New Guinea, the South Pacific and in Australia and has led ministry and mission teams in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, Asia, and the South Pacifc.
Geoff and his wife Meg met while teaching in schools in Papua New Guinea and their first child was born there in a small local hospital. Their family homes there were made from woven bamboo walls with roofs of bundles of grass tied tightly two feet thick.
Geoff enjoys travel and his whole family has been involved in serving others and caring for orphans in South East Asia as well as helping refugees in Australia.
He enjoyed athletics at college and loves supporting his children and grandchildren in their activities, some involved in regional, state and national sporting teams in volleyball and basketball.
Geoff continues to edit articles and write books in retirement as well as keeping active and healthy.
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