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Make a little room for Christmas

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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Take a moment, just a moment, for complete stillness and quiet to contemplate the wonder of what the world is acknowledging on this holy occasion. Isaiah prophesied the advent of the Christ with words that sing, "And his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).

Nearly everyone has some familiarity with the Christmas story – of a baby born in a manger, fathered by God, with a virgin mother – which has changed the religious landscape forever. Though the many implications of Jesus' life have not been fully realized, there's an opportunity right now for each one to participate in the essence of the event that is Christmas.

Utter stillness provides the most direct access to the power and marvel of Christ's appearing. It's often in a silent moment, carved out and set aside, that something is felt and understood of the immensity of the gift that is the Christ. It holds the promise for the world of uninterrupted harmony, health, and peace.

This comfort that is the Christ might come in an unexpected way – perhaps just as the lights go out at bedtime or as the last embers of the fire flicker out. Or while one is in prayer, anticipating the beginning of a church service, praying for a friend or relative, or when taking a walk. The point is, cherished with spiritual resolve, the desire for the appearing of the Christ-message – God's enduring love and care for His people – ensures its coming. We need only to make room for it.

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