Be watchful and every day ask Love to keep you from temptation and give you daily bread, grace to know and do God’s work. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Application of Ways That Are Vain)
CHRISTMAS – 2
The existence of Jesus was identical with Truth, and the Life that is God. He demonstrated Spirit free from matter, and the divine Soul, the substance of man, and body but its accompanying shadow, and this eternal substance never in its body or shadow. He knew that even as good and evil are opposites, so are the spiritual and material sense of things opposites.
The material senses declare matter substance and Spirit shadow, while the spiritual sense of things reverses this statement, and finds the only permanent and eternal side of things, the thoughts that beget them.
To understand this great fact in metaphysics, it is necessary to be born again; born of the Spirit and not of the flesh; and this was the birth referred to in those words of the prophet Isaiah, “For unto us a child is born and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful.” Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.14)
“I love to think that my life is hid with Christ in God – with Truth in divine Love. Every night I say over to myself this little verse of the hymn:
“The spirit’s sweet control
Freely we will confess, –
Fly to Thine out-stretched arms of love,
And there find health and rest.”
Mary Baker Eddy (Tomlinson, Irving C., Twelve Years With Mary Baker Eddy, p.272)
CHRISTMAS – 1
…did not that wise seer forecast the destiny of Truth when he said, the government shall be upon its shoulder, it shall be a marvelous instructor, an omnipotent power, an imperishable Principle? But remember, the Hebrew bard in his grand epic referred not to that little bunch of flesh, phosphate and linen lying in a crib — but to the advent of a spiritual idea, the idea of Life evolved from Spirit, man begotten of the Principle of all being; perfect Mind reflecting perfect Mind, and mind never starting from or resulting in matter; Soul not cribbing with beasts; Deity never blending with dust; Spirit untouched by evil passions and mortality. Retaining conscious spiritual existence and entity, the mind of Jesus retained its native domain of mind instead of matter. Hence, the control Jesus exercised over material beliefs, and the error called mortal man. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.14)
[The Ladies’ Home Journal]
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
To me Christmas involves an open secret, understood by few – or by none – and unutterable except in Christian Science. Christ was not born of the flesh. Christ is the Truth and Life born of God – born of Spirit and not of matter. Jesus, the Galilean Prophet, was born of the Virgin Mary’s spiritual thoughts of Life and its manifestation.
God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection – an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection.
Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates the birth of a human, material, mortal babe – a babe born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish village.
This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and never dying. I celebrate Christmas with my soul, my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit, of God and not of a woman – as the birth of Truth, the dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter and evil with the glory of infinite being.
Human doctrines or hypotheses or vague human philosophy afford little divine effulgence, deific presence or power. Christmas to me is the reminder of God’s great gift, – His spiritual idea, man and the universe, – a gift which so transcends mortal, material, sensual giving that the merriment, mad ambition, rivalry, and ritual of our common Christmas seem a human mockery in mimicry of the real worship in commemoration of Christ’s coming.
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.
The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite meanings and gives manifold blessings. Material gifts and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in consciousness, leaving one alone and without His glory. (Eddy, Mary Baker, Miscellany, p.261 :21-263:2)
What a glorious inheritance is ours through the understanding of omnipotent Love. We cannot want to have a more sweet assurance than this, “Peace be still” to all error. At this moment there is harmony throughout the universe, for God’s law is harmony. At this moment each idea is in its rightful place and is satisfied and contented. As each idea is the expression of God’s being, and each idea reflects Life, Truth, and Love, therefore each idea reflects and expresses health, harmony and activity here and now. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.54)
I need to know every moment that God is the only Mind, the only intelligence and source of wisdom and power. Therefore, no other claims to power or mind can rule me or be manifested in my life or conduct. Be watchful and demonstrate that Truth and Love can and do triumph over every obstacle that confronts us and vanquish every temptation that assails us. In this critical time we must draw nearer to God and prove Him to be an ever-present help in time of trouble. Mary Baker Eddy (Carpenter, Gilbert, Essays On Christian Science, p.53)
To First Church, Kansas City, Mo. (telegram)
(Dec. 1898) My heart greets you with Christmas joy. Continue, fellow-worshippers, vigilant in that whereto God calleth thee. Unity imparts the spirit of the trinity. Opinions of men are not substitutes for Science. Be patient with misjudgment. Christ, Truth, overcometh error. Today is tomorrow understood. Love maketh right prosperous. Pure hearts and clean hands upbuild the cause and Church of Christ, Scientist. Have one God; live in conformity therewith, obedient thereto, governed thereby. (See Journal, Vol. XXX, p. 227.) Mary Baker Eddy (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity And General Collectanea, p.130)