Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Silent Night' ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Silent Night' ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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When I lived in London some years ago, I found that to be away from your family for Christmas doesn't have to be lonesome. In fact, when you open your heart to loving, it can be wonderful.

My family - my mother and I (both widows) and my two teenage sons - had come to London to wind up a seven-year adventure of living, working, going to school, and learning the language in other countries. After a year, the boys went off to college and my mother returned to California. I stayed in London.

With a good job and a nice place to live, I was fine at first. But then, as the holiday season approached, I realized I would be all alone for Christmas. I got gloomier by the day.

As always when I've felt distressed about something, I prayed. And along with my prayer I studied the Scriptures, soon discovering this passage in Psalms: "God setteth the solitary in families" (68:6). Then I began reasoning: What is the essence of family? What qualities do I feel I've always brought to my own family? Answers began flooding in. Tenderness, understanding, compassion, patience, joy, lovingkindness. The list is endless. And I could never be separated from any of these qualities because I expressed them within my own being.

All right, I told myself. Express them, consciously, every day, to everybody. Beginning right then. So I did.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper, wrote, "With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren..." (pp. 469-470).

I got so peaceful and happy thinking and behaving like a member of God's vast family that it seemed perfectly natural to get a phone call from my brother's German mother-in-law, Helen, inviting me to join them in Celle for Christmas. In addition to mother, Helen, there would be father, Wilhelm, and brother, Heinz. My family for Christmas. …

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