Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Diamond Queen

Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of our queen to the throne. Her father King George the Vl died that day at Sandringham and the young Princess Elizabeth was thrust into the public gaze. She has never been out of it since.

How wonderful to have heard her simple words this past Christmas Day when she spoke simply and eloquently of her faith in Jesus Christ

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.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Her faithful and consistent service is a remarkable thing. It was good to read Damien Thompson in yesterday's Telegraph,
She says little in public about her Christianity, but what she does say – usually at the end of her Christmas Day broadcast – is powerful in its directness.
Having discussed the celebrations, tragedies and anxieties of the past year, the Queen affirms, naturally but unflinchingly and with no attempt at religious relativism, her faith in Jesus Christ. 


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