Gratitude and love should abide in
every heart each day of all the years.
~Church Manual of The First Church of Christ, Scientist
by Mary Baker Eddy (p.60:15-16)
What a wonderful requirement and admonition. Therefore, it seems appropriate to share our gratitude for Thanksgiving Day at High Ridge House.
Family and friends, our guests, patients and their relatives, management and staff, gathered to give thanks. They recounted blessings and shared the inspiration that has led to healing. The Thanksgiving service was occasionally touched with tears of joy, a symbol of hearts overflowing with appreciation for the healing Christ. Then all joined together for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, with all the trimmings traditional for the occasion and lovingly prepared by our food service staff.
As we share the fruits of this special occasion with you, we again take a moment to express our gratitude and love for those who joined us on this special day, and for all our friends and supporters who stand with us in prayer and thanksgiving.
And may the glow of gratitude that lingers in our hearts extend itself to embrace the spiritual significance of the Christmas season. In the spirit of that purpose we share Mrs. Eddy’s article:
“What Christmas Means to Me”
To me Christmas involves an open secret, understood
by few — or by none — and unutterable except in Christian
Science. Christ was not born of the flesh. Christ
is the Truth and Life born of God — born of Spirit and
not of matter. Jesus, the Galilean Prophet, was born
of the Virgin Mary’s spiritual thoughts of Life and its manifestation.
God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image.
Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection
— an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity
with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection.
Observed by material sense, Christmas commemorates
the birth of a human, material, mortal babe — a babe
born in a manger amidst the flocks and herds of a Jewish village.
This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short
of my sense of the eternal Christ, Truth, never born and
never dying. I celebrate Christmas with my soul,
my spiritual sense, and so commemorate the entrance
into human understanding of the Christ conceived of Spirit,
of God and not of a woman — as the birth of Truth, the
dawn of divine Love breaking upon the gloom of matter
and evil with the glory of infinite being.
Human doctrines or hypotheses or vague human philosophy
afford little divine effulgence, deific presence or power.
Christmas to me is the reminder of God’s great gift, — His spiritual idea, man and the universe, — a gift which so transcends mortal, material, sensual giving that the merriment, mad ambition, rivalry, and ritual of our common Christmas seem a human mockery in mimicry of the real worship in commemoration of Christ’s coming.
I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility,
benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man,
eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception
of Truth’s appearing.
The splendor of this nativity of Christ reveals infinite
meanings and gives manifold blessings. Material gifts
and pastimes tend to obliterate the spiritual idea in consciousness, leaving one alone and without His glory.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany (261:22-263:2)
May your holiday season be filled with gratitude and the gifts of Spirit.
The Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of High Ridge House