Giving What We Have

As the Christmas season approaches, the desire to give predominates in human consciousness. It would seem that this altruistic attitude of thought should result more generally in that joyous and harmonious state ascribed in the Gospel of Luke to the heavenly host who ushered in the Christmas season with the song, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." If the thought of Christmas giving is not accompanied by this blessed spirit of peace, joy, and good will, but, instead, there is a sense of heaviness and weariness, an underlying dissatisfaction and regret because our desire to give seems beyond our ability, or because the effort to give appropriately seems to require so very much time and thought, may we not question whether we really are entertaining the genuine Christmas spirit?

Any individual who has felt disappointment in the ordinary observance of Christmas will be interested and helped by a study of the teaching of Christian Science on the subject. On this, as on all matters relating to human experience, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy are most illuminating. In an article entitled, "What Christmas Means to Me," in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (pp. 262, 263), Mrs. Eddy writes: "I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth's appearing. The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite meanings and gives manifold blessings. Material gifts and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in consciousness, leaving one alone and without His glory."

Unity with God
December 5, 1925

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