The glad tidings of the birth of Jesus were proclaimed by angels to the shepherds, but they could scarcely have realized the tremendous import to humanity of that quiet and unobtrusive appearing. His coming was evidence of the fact that God is the Father of man. His teachings and demonstration of man's spiritual origin steadily permeated the thought of mankind until, more than nineteen centuries later, Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science, which completes the teaching of God as Father with the revelation of God as also Mother, with all the divine love and tenderness which that word implies. This leads logically to the recognition of the family of man as the sons and daughters of the one Father-Mother God.

These great facts brought a healing message to one Christian Scientist at a Christmas season many years ago, and its significance is continually unfolding as she advances. Always at her home the celebration of Christmas had been a very happy occasion, with absent members of the family returning and participating in festivities of all sorts. During the last few years of this time she had become a student of Christian Science, and so at Christmas she used to read all that Mrs. Eddy has written about it in "Miscellaneous Writings" and in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany."

Then came a Christmas season when everything was changed. She was far from home among strangers in a strange city, and she felt most desperately lonely and cut off. She began to read, as usual, the articles by Mrs. Eddy about Christmas, but instead of finding interest and satisfaction in them, as in previous years, she felt only an overwhelming sadness. She began to see that formerly she had been reading them against a background of great human happiness, without sufficient recognition of their deep spiritual meaning and application.

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December 24, 1949

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