Ex­cerpted from Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s 2016 Royal Christ­mas Mes­sage

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At Christ­mas, our at­ten­tion is drawn to the birth of a baby some two thou­sand years ago. It was the hum­blest of be­gin­nings, and His par­ents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were im­por­tant.

Je­sus Christ lived ob­scurely for most of His life, and never trav­eled far. He was ma­ligned and re­jected by many, though He had done no wrong. And yet, bil­lions of peo­ple now fol­low His teach­ing and find in Him the guid­ing light for their lives. I am one of them, be­cause Christ’s ex­am­ple helps me see the value of do­ing small things with great love.

The mes­sage of Christ­mas re­minds us that in­spi­ra­tion is a gift to be given as well as re­ceived, and that love be­gins small but al­ways grows.

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