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Christmas, present

From the December 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Mary Baker Eddy authored a wide range of articles, essays, and letters on Christmas, all found in Prose Works. These writings by Mary Baker Eddy are collected in the book What Christmas Means to Me and Other Christmas Messages. In a cross-continent conversation, Christian Science practitioner and teacher David Haughton from Exeter, England, spoke about the deep meaning and message conveyed in those writings. A message as pertinent today as it was then.

What a blessing, David, to read these writings of Mary Baker Eddy months before Christmas, in order to prepare for this interview. They really underscore the fact that the coming of the Christ isn’t confined to a time of year, don’t they?

Yes, it really got me thinking about the message Mrs. Eddy is giving us throughout all of her writings: the continuity of the Christ. I was particularly struck with something she said in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: “In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the absolute and eternal,—for the things of Spirit, not of matter” (p. 260).That’s so fundamental, isn’t it? The Christ is not limited to a season.

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