_When the Christmas season arrives, I’m always reminded of the phone calls my granddaughter and I had many years ago. She was a toddler just learning to put words together, and she loved it when her mom would let her talk to me on the phone.
During that Christmas season, I would end our conversations this way: “Good bye. I love you. Merry Christmas!” It wasn’t long before little Hannah caught on and would repeat, “Goodbye, I love you. Merry Christmas!” This is how we concluded all our calls during the month of December.
_ However, Hannah had no idea there was an end to the season and continued to say goodbye in the same way. I heard “Merry Christmas” in the New Year, and Valentine’s Day and for many more days after that. When I thought about her sweet, innocent, carry-over of the Christmas sentiment, I decided it was quite appropriate and I joined her in it. To Hannah, Christmas wasn’t seasonal. It was all the time. And, so it is.
While Jesus is not walking among us, the Christ-power he lived is. I think of the Christ as the touch of the spirit of God enlightening human consciousness to the awareness of Immanuel, or God with us. It is the living presence of the power of God, His divine healing influence. It is here for all mankind, for all time. It isn’t seasonal.
Hannah is a college graduate now. But we smile at each other when we remember that sweet exchange - “Good bye, I love you, Merry Christmas.”
Kay Olson, CSB, is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who divides her time between Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She is becoming an active blogger on this site and I am very grateful for her posts! If you would like to comment below or contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, she would be happy to hear from you.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no