Celebrating Immanuel, ‘God with us’

Not have a Christmas tree? My grandparents, with whom I was living, tried to explain that they didn’t do Christmas trees anymore. I was shocked. The tree, with its decorations and evergreen fragrance, along with the presents underneath, had always been the centerpiece of my family’s Christmas. My grandparents relented, and we had a beautiful tree that year. I was sure I had saved Christmas for them. 

Yet half a century later, my grandparents’ point of view seems perfectly acceptable to me. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love” (p. 66). 

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