Prayer in the midst of Christmas controversy

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When our boys were young, we used to start our Christmas preparations by reading Biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth. The lessons this nativity story taught us have been invaluable to my family over the years.

As Luke recounts it, at the time of Jesus’ birth, there were shepherds out in the fields, tending their flocks. They were alerted to the magnificence of what was happening by an angel voice saying, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). I often pondered the role of the angel that so inspired those simple men.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines angels as: “God’s thoughts passing to man ….” (581:4) When I thought of angels in that way, I realized that I, too, could hear the angel message the shepherds had heard. And I could understand that the Saviour had come, bringing peace and God’s blessings. This wasn’t a distant event buried in history; it was a dynamic presence in my life. One Christmas in particular, I had an opportunity to put this lesson of peace and goodwill into practice.

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