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In commemoration of Christmas and its true meaning, we are pleased to reprint “Christmas” by Mary Baker Eddy. This article originally appeared in The Christian Science Journal of January 1885 and is part of Mrs. Eddy’s Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 (pp. 320–321).
This interesting day, crowned with the history of Truth’s idea,—its earthly advent and nativity,—is especially dear to the heart of Christian Scientists; to whom Christ’s appearing in a fuller sense is so precious, and fraught with divine benedictions for mankind.
The star that looked lovingly down on the manger of our Lord, lends its resplendent light to this hour: the light of Truth, to cheer, guide, and bless man as he reaches forth for the infant idea of divine perfection dawning upon human imperfection,—that calms man’s fears, bears his burdens, beckons him on to Truth and Love and the sweet immunity these bring from sin, sickness, and death.
This polar star, fixed in the heavens of divine Science, shall be the sign of his appearing who “healeth all our diseases;” it hath traversed night, wading through darkness and gloom, on to glory. It doth meet the antagonism of error; addressing to dull ears and undisciplined beliefs words of Truth and Life.
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Grady, Marty, Dilys Bell, Claire McArthur, Roberta
Mary Baker Eddy
The meekness that receives the Christ
A growing understanding of ‘comfort’s art’
Gustel Gigi Suiffet
The ‘devotion of thought’ to healing
Lynn G. Jackson
A ‘link’ worth checking out
The best ‘first aid’
Normal sight restored
Injuries and fear healed
Keep while ye need it
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Protecting the purity of the Olympics
The Monitor’s Editorial Board
Fulfillment on the playing field
Liz Butterfield Wallingford
The Spirit of God bearing ‘outward, upward, heavenward’*
Allison W. Phinney