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    This year, my beloved Christian Scientists, you must grant me my request that I be permitted total exemption 9from Christmas gifts. Also I beg to send to you all a deep-drawn, heartfelt breath of thanks for those things of beauty and use forming themselves in your thoughts 12to send to your Leader. Thus may I close the door of mind on this subject, and open the volume of Life on the pure pages of impersonal presents, pleasures, achieve15ments, and aid.

Christmas, 1900

    Again loved Christmas is here, full of divine benedic18tions and crowned with the dearest memories in human history — the earthly advent and nativity of our Lord and Master. At this happy season the veil of time 21springs 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, 24the festive boards are spread, the gifts glow in the dark 257 257:1green branches of the Christmas-tree. But alas for the broken household band! God give to them more of 3His dear love that heals the wounded heart.

    To-day the watchful shepherd shouts his welcome over the new cradle of an old truth. This truth has traversed 6night, through gloom to glory, from cradle to crown. To the awakened consciousness, the Bethlehem babe has left his swaddling-clothes (material environments) for the 9form and comeliness of the divine ideal, which has passed from a corporeal to the spiritual sense of Christ and is winning the heart of humanity with ineffable tenderness. 12The Christ is speaking for himself and for his mother, Christ’s heavenly origin and aim. To-day the Christ is, more than ever before, “the way, the truth, and the 15life,” — “which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” healing all sorrow, sickness, and sin. To this auspicious Christmastide, which hallows the close of the 18nineteenth century, our hearts are kneeling humbly. We own his grace, reviving and healing. At this immortal hour, all human hate, pride, greed, lust should bow and 21declare Christ’s power, and the reign of Truth and Life divine should make man’s being pure and blest.

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