The Christian Scientist's Christmas

Oppressed by the sense of hurry and worry which sometimes accompanies the customary observance of the Christmas season, Christian Scientists may find comfort and inspiration in the words which our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, addressed to her household at Brookline, Massachusetts, on Christmas Day, 1909. "Mother," wrote Mrs. Eddy, "wishes you all a happy Christmas, a feast of Soul and a famine of sense" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 263).

Since no record in the Holy Bible carries more of beauty, comfort, and inspiration than the simple, yet profound, narrative of the nativity, and since a satisfying feast of spiritual understanding awaits those who, like the Wisemen, come from afar (in a physical sense) to pay homage to what our Leader terms "the advent of a higher Christianity" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 162), Mrs. Eddy's Christmas greeting conveys not only a wish, but the happy means of its fulfillment.

In the light of Christian Science, the Christmas season becomes not alone a time of enrichment of the affections, it likewise becomes a time for humble reconsecration, as with its recurrence, each year and through the year, thought is turned to the Messianic mission, and to the privilege of following the Way-shower by bringing out in individual demonstration the qualities his mission exemplified, namely, "peace, good will, love, teaching, and healing" (ibid., p. 162).

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December 24, 1938

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