[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of December 22—28 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 299 - Making Time for Christmas

Questioner: Have you ever stood back watching the crowds rushing around this time of year and wondered how many people are giving any thought to the real meaning of Christmas? Many complain they're so busy getting ready for the holiday activities that they just don't give much consideration to what the season means. They just don't take the time to get into the deeper meaning of Christmas.Speaker: I think that's often the case.Questioner: People, in effect, are pushing God to one side. They are not thinking, really, of God or of Christ. They're thinking of the festivities.Speaker: Well, it's right to be happy and to give gifts. But we have to make time in our hearts for the unselfish, Christlike love that comes to us from God, the love the Master expressed and lived.

Jesus was motivated by his Christliness. He took time to care for widows and children. He took time to talk to the miserable and the lonely, to give unselfishly and untiringly of his understanding of God and man, to heal another even when he was on his way to heal a dying little girl.Questioner: But in the midst of the holiday tradition and festivities, there just seems so much to do.Speaker: Yes, but after we've done it all, what lasting value is there in what we have done? By the way, what was the most memorable Christmas you ever had?

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