This is an article written by my Bedford colleague Gillian Smith and published in The Bedford Times & Citizen.
The Bible story is familiar to many: Mary and Joseph’s receptivity to messages from angels; scholars from the East led by a star; shepherds – tough, strong, fearless men – who, watching over their flocks, listened to the angel-song, received the message and hurried to the stable.
What drew them to the Christ? The conviction that something of huge importance was happening – the glorious gift of he who would teach all humanity the truth about man’s relationship to God, our divine Parent. That God is Love. That His entire creation is loved, cherished, never forsaken, tenderly cared for. Jesus’ understanding of this underlying principle enabled him to live a life of love, comforting and bringing health those who sought the truth he taught.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that the Christ is “….the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.”
The timeless message of God’s omnipotent love and care for each and every one of us – not just at Christmastime but throughout all time – is a permanent, irresistible, powerful, steady assurance we can trust.
Mary, Joseph, scholars and shepherds accepted the vision and trusted the truth. So can we.
In the words of the Bible: “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift”.