Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christmas Gifts

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christmas Gifts

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WHAT is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas?

For many years a decorated Christmas tree and presents were foremost in my thought. When I was a child growing up, there was the excitement of all the festivities in December. As a teenager it was boyfriends and parties. As a new parent it was the joy of providing holiday fun for little children. But after a time it seemed as though the sparkle had left. I found myself trying to manufacture "Christmas spirit" with traditional activities and decorations. But something was missing.

I realized that I needed to find out more about Christ--more of just what Christ is and does. This new focus changed forever Christmas at our house. And I love the holidays even more now because of it. I discovered special gifts--gifts of Christ.

Jesus, who was born of Mary in Bethlehem, was the finest man who ever lived. Christ was the divine title bestowed upon him, and because his life so completely embodied the Christ-spirit we call him Christ Jesus. But Christ's presence is not limited to the historical life of Jesus.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, speaks of Christ in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She says: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness." Christ is God's way of revealing Himself to mankind. And this Christ, Truth, comes to human consciousness to heal, redeem, forgive. What a gift God has given mankind through His Christ!

Seeking a better understanding of Christ brought me additional blessings, as well. It was shortly before Christmas, and I had become very ill. Yet through turning wholly to God in prayer, I was completely healed in a very short time. This healing had a profound effect upon me as I recognized the power of Christ, Truth. …

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