Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Oh, Glorious, Glorious!' Christmas Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Oh, Glorious, Glorious!' Christmas Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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At this time of year, do you sometimes encounter a person who reminds you of Charles Dickens's infamous spoilsport Scrooge? We bumped into one last Christmas, in a long line of would-be travelers trying to check in for a delayed flight to Chicago. It was one of the snowiest winters our city had ever known, and the airport had been closed for hours. Hundreds of stranded passengers had spent the night on the floor of the departure lounge.

As we reached the front of the line, a smartly uniformed agent said with an encouraging smile: "I know some of you have been here for a long time. And we're all tired. But, perhaps, if you think of what Christmas celebrates, it will help you to be even more patient."

As she turned back to help us, one passenger commandeered a microphone from a nearby counter and snorted back: "We don't need a lecture on patience. We've been here for two days already!" Had it not been for his accent, it could have been the "Bah, Humbug!" voice of Ebenezer Scrooge himself-straight from the pages of A Christmas Carol. Even so, the representative continued to be gracious and helpful to each passenger. Clearly, she had the true spirit of Christmas in her heart, and I thanked her for sharing it with us. A year later, that assistant's smile remains as vivid as the happy Christmas we ended up having when we finally got to Chicago. She had helped us in her own way to find a hush in the rush; to look beyond the obligatory gifts, gatherings, and greetings; to be reassured that our stockings were already full and that we had the greatest gift of all-a Saviour, a Way-shower. As the Bible explains, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16,17). That morning I remembered how this Saviour had always been tenderly concerned with the needs of mankind. …

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