[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of December 23-25 in the radio series, "How Christian Science Heals," heard internationally over approximately 700 stations. This is one of the weekly programs produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston 15, Massachusetts.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 380 - Christmas as a Daily Experience

[On Christmas Day a special program was produced for the purpose of explaining to those of other faiths the Christian Science understanding of Christmas.]

SPEAKER: Our purpose today is to share with you some of the inspiration that a Christian Scientist finds in the thought of Christmas. For him it has not only a very sacred significance but a very practical one as well. This significance extends to every day of his life; it is bound up with his worship of God, with his sense of Christian service, and with his practice of healing. As he understands it. Christmas is not just an annual celebration but a daily experience; it looks forward as well as backward; it points to a continuing possibility as well as to a historic event.

Let's consider first of all the historical aspect.

One can never cease to marvel at the wonder of that obscure birth, which took place almost two thousand years ago. The birth of a baby is a very common occurrence. Millions of babies are born every year. Of course, each one of them is a little marvel to its parents. It holds nameless wonders within itself. It may turn out in time to have some spark of genius or heroism, some intellectual capacity or moral magnitude. which will lift it up to become one of the great men or women of the world, no matter what its initial handicaps may have been. Christmas stands as a perpetual reminder of such a possibility. and that is one of the reasons it stands as a perpetual renewer of hope. Yet with few exceptions the birth of a particular baby attracts little or no attention from the world at large.

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