"I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth's appearing." ~Mary Baker Eddy
"The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good." ~Mary Baker Eddy
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~Luke 2:8-11
Still have a lot of Christmas baking, shopping, wrapping to do?
Would it be nice to feel some peace?
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
That's a promise that no matter how stressful the details get, God's right there, giving you peaceful and calm solutions.
Here are some other thoughts on peace:
Take a moment to reflect on the Christmas story. You'll feel inspired!
If you'd like to read the Christmas story, it's in the Bible in the book of Luke, chapter 2.
"At this happy season the veil of time springs aside at the touch of Love. We count our blessings and see whence they came and whither they tend. Parents call home their loved ones, the Yule-fires burn, the festive boards are spread, the gifts glow in the dark green branches of the Christmas-tree." ~Mary Baker Eddy
What does it mean to live in the heart of Bethlehem? Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Julie Ward, is happy to tell you! This 30-minute video revolving around the well-loved Christmas song, O Little Town of Bethlehem, will get you into the Christmas spirit.
Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Keep Christ in Christmas." So, just what is the Christ?
Listen to this 16-minute podcast by Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Nate Talbot, to find out more. You'll be glad you did! Click to listen: What is the Christ?
Read my blog featuring this yummy recipe over on my blog page!
Chocolate Chip Applesauce Loaf Cake
Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan, and place waxed paper inside, just on the bottom.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
1/2 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
2 eggs--add 1 at a time and beat well
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
Add 1 cup applesauce alternately with the flour mixture, into the Crisco, sugar, egg mixture.
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for about 75 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from pan. Enjoy this Christmastime favorite!
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever." Isaiah 9
"When a new spiritual idea is borne to earth, the prophetic Scripture of Isaiah is renewedly fulfilled: 'Unto us a child is born,...and his name shall be called Wonderful'" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 109.)
If you're having a family gathering this year, chances are your house is filling up. This is a great time to remember Mary Baker Eddy's thoughts from her article, "Taking Offense." And if you're interested in considering some ideas on God's family tree, hop on over to my blog page! Here are Mrs. Eddy's thoughts on spending time with others.
"We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole word's evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 224.)
A couple of helpful articles on families at Christmastime:
Family--A message of the Christ at Christmas
Keeping Family Gatherings Love-Centered
December 25--Merry Christmas!
Inspiration is all around us. It makes us feel like we've climbed a majestic mountaintop. Enjoy the view!