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Christmas and the Lasting Gift of Hope, Health and Harmony   1 comment

$ dreamstime_6221417 (2)Gifts! The last dash to the shops is on as people look for the perfect gift to give to someone they love.  As the last of the wrapping paper is used and the gifts labelled and placed under the tree, there comes an opportunity for reflection.

Over the course of my life, Christmas seems to have undergone many changes. When I was a child, it used to be about waking up to gifts mysteriously left at the end of my bed. We gathered around the table to eat a full English roast dinner accompanied by steaming hot plum pudding. Then there were songs about snow, warm glowing fires, and sleigh rides. Often all of this took place on a scorching Australian summer’s day as we wiped away the perspiration from our faces. Years later, the lovingly-wrapped presents and the delicious food took a back seat as the ever-growing extended family sought to maintain contact and spend time with each other.

Fast forward to today. Cultural differences have altered the landscape of Christmas in this country. The sunshine and relaxed life-style have led to barbecues and family celebrations at the beach. On the home front, family members have passed on, others have moved to places far away. For many people it’s a lonely period – even friends can be hard to find.

With all the changes that can take place with ourselves, those we know, and the community at large, it’s tempting not to dread the festive season or want to shun it entirely. I know, because this is how I once felt. The family scene had dramatically altered. My husband and I found ourselves on our own for the first time in our lives. When it happened the next year and the next, it was hard to take. We tried inviting friends, acquaintances, and neighbours but everyone had their own plans. No one, it seemed, needed our company.

When another empty season-of-cheer loomed, I decided to take stock of what I was thinking. Did changes to people and circumstances affect the real meaning of Christmas? Did I have to receive gifts or share a special meal with family and friends to celebrate this special time? In thinking it over, I realized that material accoutrements, food and companionship are outward symbols of celebration – like sending greeting cards and singing carols. It also dawned on me that I had inadvertently substituted these symbols for the real reason I commemorate Christmas.

The birth of Christ Jesus was not the arrival of just another child into the world. His advent heralded unprecedented change for humankind. For me, his coming signalled hope for better health and bodily harmony.  Jesus’ rousing command, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” was, and still is, a radical, life-changing message. [Matthew 5:48]  It suggests that we can think of ourselves as having the gift of perfect wellness and peace of mind.

Because of Jesus’ shining example of living, I’ve learned of the enduring love of a divine Father. That Love constantly nurtures, sustains and companions us. As a result of Jesus’ teachings, countless individuals, myself included, have found comfort as well as health and healing. We’ve received the everlasting gift of harmony – the kingdom of heaven, that Jesus said we would find already within us.

While the fluctuations of human living may bring change into our experience, and try to cast a shadow over what should be a joyous time of year, they can’t alter the real reason we commemorate Christmas. Thinking about Jesus and what his life means to me in these turbulent times, inspires me to remember that he gave the lasting gift of hope, health and harmony to anyone wanting to receive it. Such a gift can be unwrapped every day. And that’s something worth remembering and celebrating all year round.

This article was originally posted on December 24, 2012 on Spirituality and Health Connect by Beverly Goldsmith. Beverly is a Melbourne-based health writer who provides a diversity of health content on how spirituality and thought affect health.

Posted December 14, 2013 by cscanberra in Beverly Goldsmith, Christmas

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Christmas Presence   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_5922259As we cherish Jesus’ life-story at Christmastime, it’s deeply healing to affirm that everything Jesus did on earth, the Christ, God’s eternal Son, continues to do for us individually and collectively: heal us when we’re sick, feed and clothe us, cleanse our inmost thoughts and motives, call us to our mission in life, shepherd us when we’re lost, support us when we’re wavering, love us unconditionally, lift us up when we’re sinking.

Who doesn’t yearn to feel more of Christ’s healing presence? It’s right at hand. Christmas is a natural time of the year to commune more deeply with the Christ, to feel our intimate relationship to the Christ, as Jesus’ disciples did.  … Read more …

This article by Chet Manchester was originally published in the December 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal.  The full text can currently be accessed on JHS-Online. Chet Manchester is a full-time spiritual healer.  You can listen to his on-line lecture, ‘Christmas Presence’, here.

Posted December 14, 2013 by cscanberra in Christ message, Christmas

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News of Healing – Lump on Wrist Healed   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_1557867Naomi Short writes:

 … It has been almost five years since this healing occurred and my wrist remains smooth to this day.  Now whenever I see my perfectly smooth wrist, I rejoice in this progress.  Christmas came just after this healing, and as I sang carols that year, I couldn’t help but sing my heart out. For the first time I felt I really understood Christmas and the incredible gift of Truth that came to humanity through Christ Jesus.

This description of spiritual healing by Naomi Short was originally published in the October 28, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.  To read the complete account of this healing click on the link to JHS-online.

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