[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of December 22-24 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. 432 - The Promise of Christmas

SPEAKER: Throughout all history, nothing has touched human hearts more deeply than the event which took place in a humble manger in the village of Bethlehem almost twenty centuries ago. Today, as in the past, it brings fresh stirrings of wonder and hope—sentiments which are beautifully expressed in the familiar carol. "O little town of Bethlehem" (Hymn No. 222 in the Christian Science Hymnal).

The advent of our Saviour. Christ Jesus, brought light to a dark and troubled world, a world burdened with idolatry, oppression, and ruthless disregard for human rights. And yet amid this turmoil the promised Saviour appeared. His quiet coming, which was to revolutionize the world's thinking, is described in these words of Luke: "There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them. Fear not: for, 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. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly 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."

The yearning for "peace, good will toward men," continues today, even in an age when, to outward appearances, mankind seem to be more interested in exploring outer space than in the things of Spirit. And yet despite preoccupation with material power and physical force, many are aware of a deep and unsatisfied spiritual hunger. They are seeking answers which ultimately can be found only through a deeper understanding of the teachings of Christ Jesus.

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