AT this Christmas season our thoughts turn with special loving gratitude to the story, familiar to us from childhood, of the birth of the child Jesus. We recall each incident of that first Christmas night: the watchful shepherds tending their flocks on the lonely hills of Judea, probably thinking of and praying for the advent of the promised Messiah, when upon their startled gaze dawned the angelic vision with its glorious message of "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men;" the dimly lighted stable with its lowly manger; the young mother whose pure spiritual concept of God as the only creator had enabled her to bring forth her child, the beloved babe, who, as Mary Baker Eddy so beautifully expresses it in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" ( p.
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