I’m a Doctor Who fan and BBC America ran a marathon leading up to the Christmas episode last night. One of our recordings captured Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message to the Commonwealth, and it is a message we all should listen to and well, reflect upon.
She began by telling of a man who, because of being in a cast, had to sit and do nothing for a year. Yet, at the end, he found he had learned much about himself. She said, “We all need to get the balance right, between action and reflection.” She talked about her reflections this year, her 60th anniversary as Queen.
I found I have something in common with Queen Elizabeth- the need for reflection. At this time of my life, I have much to contemplate. Decisions to make, the right way to feel about a situation, how to deal with difficulties and anxieties, ever changing health, family dynamics, and the list goes on. At the core for me is my relationship with Jesus. Reflecting and meditating on scripture and how to apply it to my life today is important to me. Remember that word in the Queen’s message – balance? Balance is also something that I’m dealing with these days. How to balance action with reflection, but also what actions I should be doing. 2014 will be an interesting year as I work through and reflect upon these things.
Queen Elizabeth ended her message with this: “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.
On the first Christmas in the fields above Bethlehem, a s they sat in the cold of night watching their resting sheep, the local shepherds must have had no shortage of time for reflection.
Suddenly all this was to change. These humble shepherds were the first to hear and ponder the wondrous news of the birth of Christ. The first Noel, the joy of which we celebrate today.”
Amen, Queen Elizabeth!
The message ended with the playing of The First Noel.
It would be worth watching the entire video, in my opinion. Here is one place you can watch it: