Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christmas Expectations Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Christmas Expectations Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Visits from friends and family. Sharing gifts. Decorated trees. Candles and lights. Music and singing. Is there more?

Yes, while all these Christmas expectations are delightful, spiritual expectations heal. The holidays can be filled with evidence of God's love for each of us. Do you count on seeing signs of God's love during the holidays, such as forgiveness, kindness shown to others, the giving of time to those in need, and inspiration? How about healing?

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ Jesus. And he gave us a most precious gift: the promise of God's love. He proved that this love heals those in need. For example, the Bible tells that a leper came to Jesus and said, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Putting his hand out to the man and touching him, Jesus said, "I will; be thou clean." Then, the Bible says, "And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (Matt. 8:2, 3). Lepers were outcasts. Yet Jesus knew God must have made that man in His image and likeness (see Gen. 1:26). God is incorporeal. He is Spirit. Therefore His sons and daughters are incorporeal, spiritual. Any disease is predicated on the belief that we are fundamentally made up of physical matter instead of being spiritual, the reflection of God, of Spirit, which is the only real substance. Jesus healed by seeing individuals as God sees them. And God knows us to be as perfect as He is. Was spiritual healing limited to the time Jesus was here on earth? His own words declare not. He promised, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also" (John 14:12). We can expect to heal today by understanding our spiritual perfection. The Christian Science textbook says, "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," Pg. …

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