Contentment at Christmas

The discernment of timeless good, as well as contentment in its presence, is imparted by Christian Science all the year round. But at Christmas there should be a special contentment in contrast to the prevalent rush and hurry. We should be so anchored in the real meaning of Christmas that even without the customary festivities the season would lack nothing essential.

Do we perhaps think that if we are far from home and friends there will be a lack of cheer and joy at Christmas? Such supposition can be routed at once by recalling that on the first Christmas Mary with her unborn child and Joseph, in the unfamiliar streets of Bethlehem, were a long way from their accustomed friends.

Whence comes the whispered prompting that we are lonesome, unhappy, or sick, except through the feeble lies of material sense? The infiltration of evil has no other access to consciousness. But this would-be intruder is a lie that can be silenced by the conscious use of spiritual sense. The healing truth revealed in the deep contentment of Christmas comes through no apathetic expectancy of good but through the activity of spiritual sense, the ever available and holy channel through which all good flows to man.

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Scott's Ski Weekend
December 14, 1968

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