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The comforter at Christmas
Tom McElroy, C.S.
In his opening comments, Tom talks about the Comforter and its promise: "Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,/Earth has no sorrow that Love cannot cure" (Hymn 40,Christian Science Hymnal). This promise flows through the chat as site visitors ask: How can I actively feel close to the Comforter? If Love is always all around, why do we need a Comforter? How do we feel comfort from loved ones who have passed away? What's the role of Jesus both as a babe in the manger and also as the healer who best expressed the law of God in his healing work--which Mrs. Eddy named Christian Science? Others ask nitty-gritty questions like how to resist the demands associated with "the season," prayer that will help when someone is tempted to overspend, if prayer can help them choose the right gift, how to deal with family relationships that are strained, especially during the holiday.