May the good will and peace promised by our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today and always!
The following speaks to me of the simplicity of the spirit of Christ at Christmas: “The spirit of Christmas is joy. The message of Christmas is hope. The meaning of Christmas is love.”
At Wide Horizon many of the spaces are festively and colorfully decorated. Uplifting inspirational messages of joy, hope and love have been place throughout the main building. Wonderful good works are performed daily at Wide Horizon. We pause during our active days here to give gratitude for the continual blessings we receive, including those that come to us from being in selfless service to others.
The world wouldn’t have Christian Science nursing care facilities like Wide Horizon if it were not for the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
Mrs. Eddy practiced Christian care throughout her life. She loved and followed Christ Jesus in thought and deed. So, I’d like to share an excerpt from one of her writings about the Christmas season.
The following is from “The Significance of Christmas” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, pp. 259 – 260):
The basis of Christmas is the rock, Christ Jesus; its fruits are inspiration and spiritual understanding of joy and rejoicing…because of fundamental and demonstrable truth, because of the heaven within us. The basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning good for evil, love that ‘suffereth long, and is kind.’ The true spirit of Christmas elevates medicine to Mind; it casts out evils, heals the sick, raises the dormant faculties, appeals to all conditions, and supplies every need of man. It leaves hygiene, medicine, ethics, and religion to God and His Christ, to that which is the Way, in word and in deed, — the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
My wish for each of you is that you stand securely on the rock of Christ Jesus during this season of joy, hope, and love –rejoicing in the affluence of our heavenly Father-Mother God and the blessed gift of the Christ.