Our daughter, Susan, decided to come for a visit and help with some chores. It was a wonderful. Most touching was getting the Christmas tree in and up! We decorated it with lots of lights. Since 9/11 we have decorated only with lights as a way to remember to pray for those whose lives were changed on that day. However, when I came across a box of old decorations, we had a great time looking at them and remembering past Christmases. We felt it was time to add them to the lights, so this year we did.
When I pulled out a little angel from the box, Susan got all excited. “You put the date on this one and it’s my birth date! I was just 6 months old that Christmas!” Even though the little angel had lost its shine and its left wing was broken, there was just one place for it - the place of honor at the top of the tree.
_ Bedraggled as it was, the angel reminded me of an old hymn:
Angels at the Savior’s birth
Woke with music all the earth,
Shepherds in the eastern sky
Saw a pale star passing by,
Guiding them at the break of day
Where the babe in meekness lay,
Born the gracious news to tell,
God with us, Immanuel” ( Christian Science Hymnal p. 11)
After Susan went home, I thought further about the events leading up to her arrival as a baby.
Shortly before we were expecting her, we had lost a baby at birth. If I ever needed angels and music and stars and the gracious news of “God with us”, I needed it then. But at first I just felt sad, puzzled, without any sense of God with me.
In fact, for a very long time – even before the loss - I had been carrying this question in my heart: “What is God?” But in my grief, I felt humbled, meek and ready to hear the answer.
_ It was during this period of intense receptivity that I found out about Christian Science. It had “gracious news to tell”. God is All. God is with us. God is with me!
I searched and I thought and I pondered and I learned about the Christ as God making himself known – as Love perpetually reflected in love, as Life forever reflecting life, of Soul that never loses track of one of its little ones. In grief, God’s love broke through, softening my heart to receive the good news of Love’s all-presence.
Shortly, I was expecting another baby. Her Dad was in the army so he missed the event. Still, during Susan’s delivery, I felt calm and happy and smiled the entire time because I knew God was with us both.
My husband finally got a one-day leave and we took our sweet baby home together. Then, he had to leave again. My mother, also with us at first - when she was satisfied I was settled in - went home to my dad. Our two little boys were being cared for by a friend. So, I was alone with this precious bundle.
But, I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t lonely. I wasn’t fearful. I knew now that God is All, that God is with us, and that God would always be with me and this new little one.
Merry Christmas, dear blog readers. May the light of Christ and the songs of angels encourage and bless you with this message of hope and faith: God is All. God is with us. God is with you, now and always.
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