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Joy to the world! It's a message that has rung out through countless years. Whether in times of peace or war, boom or bust, storm or shine, December 25 has never failed to dawn—and with it the message of hope and goodwill, through the powerful reminder that a Saviour was born to bless the world for all time.
True, people don't always feel joy on demand on this or any other day. But have you noticed how some of the most inspiring Christmas stories that have made their way into people's hearts tell how the light dawned in places or circumstances that cried out, "There is no joy"—in foxholes, lonely waiting rooms, dark mental places of hopelessness? Places where, in the familiar words of Phillips Brooks, "the dear Christ entered in," transforming the scene with needed hope and healing?
Whenever, wherever, that takes place, Christmas is happening!
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with contributions from DENISE MOORE, VICKI LANE AND PAMELA GUDGER, MARY BAXTER, JAYNE RATTMAN, DIANE WARD, JANE BECK
STEVE GRAHAM, MANAGING EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Scott Thompson, Michael Theodoulou
CHRISTMAS—its promise and fulfillment
BY JAMES SPENCER
HALLELUJAH for Christmas
BY DARREN STONE
The GIFT of the Christ
BY BOSEDE BAKAREY
BY CHRISTINE IRBY WILLIAMS
BY PATRICIA KADICK
A Christmas chorus
with contributions from WILL MEACHAM, ANN MARIE CUEVAS, BETH CAREY, JANET MIGUEL, HERB P. JUNG, BETTIE GRAY, ADMIRA NKOUKA, GLORIA ONYURU, JOANNE FORSYTH
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
Mary Baker Eddy
'GO WATCH A LAUGHING SUNRISE'
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
'OUR THOUGHTS OF THE BIBLE UTTER OUR LIVES'
A COMFORTING JOY
A CHRISTMAS HEALING
'I COULD BE HEALED'
A GIFT TO TREASURE