Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Celebrating Christmas

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Celebrating Christmas

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THE story of Christ Jesus' birth has been told in many nations and languages. When his parents were not able to find a room in Bethlehem, they spent the night in a stable, where he was born. Both shepherds and wise men commemorated the Master's birth, and the Bible tells us that angels rejoiced at his coming.

If this event had simply been the birth of an extremely good man who left a fine example for all of us to follow, it would have been significant, of course. But the spiritual stature and impact of Jesus' life reached far beyond that of a merely historical figure.

Jesus was setting an example, there's no doubt about that. But it was designed to represent more than human goodness. He was, in fact, showing us Christ, the spiritual idea of God, and the true identity of man. When we celebrate Christmas, then, we are commemorating not just Jesus' birth, but all that his life stood for: his proof of man's unity with God, the healing power of divine Love, the presence of God in our daily lives.

Sometimes family demands and social commitments may leave us feeling cut off from the peace and joy inherent in the message of Christmas. Yet through prayer, we can refresh ourselves and regain the inspiration that comes from a deep awareness of God's love for us. And we reach our goal more readily if we are able to see the spiritual basis for Christmas.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has written a number of articles on Christmas. Some are published in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. In one of these articles, she points out: "The basis of Christmas is the rock, Christ Jesus; its fruits are inspiration and spiritual understanding of joy and rejoicing,--not because of tradition, usage, or corporeal pleasures, but because of fundamental and demonstrable truth, because of the heaven within us. …

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