True Observance

As the Christmas season approaches, many beginners in Christian Science ask how it should be observed, — whether the festivities, gift exchanging, and all the traditions of the past should be set aside, and if so what should be put in their place. Here it may be observed that those who have studied Mrs. Eddy's writings for a number of years find in them the best and broadest instructions as to how the most good can be gathered from the Christmas season, as well as from all others.

With the aid of the second concordance to our Leader's writings, we may find a number of truly helpful and inspiring statements respecting Christmas; and in all of them we discover as an undertone the gentle counsel given on page 485 of Science and Health, namely, "Emerge gently from matter into Spirit." This does not of course mean, as some may imagine, that we are to emerge haltingly, with a backward look over the past, as in the case of Lot's wife; but that we should advance with due consideration for the faltering steps of others, of those who have only begun to look into Christian Science as well as those who still believe that life, substance, and intelligence are dependent upon matter, and happiness upon material things.

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December 23, 1916

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