The Queen’s Christmas speech for 2014

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.

Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance in the face of war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women.

On that chilly Christmas Eve in 1914 many of the German forces sang Silent Night, its haunting melody inching across the line.

That carol is still much-loved today, a legacy of the Christmas truce, and a reminder to us all that even in the unlikeliest of places hope can still be found.

A very happy Christmas to you all.

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One comment on “The Queen’s Christmas speech for 2014

  1. Tory says:

    Wonderful witness and compelling pictures of reconciliation. We admired the statue while at Coventry. The Queen’s backstory of that statue makes our experience of Coventry all the more memorable and deepens our resolve to keep on the path that leads to reconciliation. Thanks for posting the Queens message!