One Universal Christmas

THE Christmas season brings with it the spirit of rejoicing. In Luke's Gospel we read of the glad hosanna of the angels at the announcement of the birth of the infant Jesus: "And suddently there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." So it has come to pass that since that glad day the Christmas morn has been ushered in with songs of rejoicing. At this season of the year all Christendom lays aside something of its gloom, its strife and perplexities, to enter more or less into the spirit of joy and gladness, of friendliness and generosity, in accord with the song of the angels which long ago thrilled the hearts of the shepherds with flood tides of peace and spiritual light.

With the birth of Jesus there was born in the hearts of men, feeble though it may have been at first, the desire for universal peace, for the universal brotherhood of men, for a greater love of good, and for a closer walk with God. We rejoice to know that the angels' song not only reverberated over the hills of Judea but has come echoing down the centuries since then, until in our day it has swelled into a grand chorus of achievement through the gift of God to all mankind as presented in the pages of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

In Isaiah we read, "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Wonderful, indeed, is His name! How gladly we open our hearts to welcome in this Prince of Peace—the Christ with its comforting message.

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"There was no room ... in the inn"
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