CHRISTMAS: "THE DAWN OF DIVINE LOVE"

What glorious expectancy is embraced in the beloved word "Christmas"! How the Christian world has cherished the announcement of the angel to the shepherds of old (Luke 2:10, 11): "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

In her inspiring article "What Christmas Means to Me," which appears in her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 262): "Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates the birth of a human, material, mortal babe—a babe born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish village. This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and never dying." And she continues, "I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit, of God and not of a woman—as the birth of Truth, the dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter and evil with the glory of infinite being."

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