Because this year Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, there's heightened awareness of the holiday's religious and spiritual significance. After all, this day in its deeper meaning celebrates a divine gift to all humanity. So, around the United States and in many other countries, gathering in homes and churches - including the worldwide branches of the Church of Christ, Scientist - millions will be touched by the solace and promise of the original Christmas. In the spirit of that first momentous act of giving, we hope this season will be marked more by human warmth and peace-seeking than by trading barbs over how a holiday so many love and anticipate is described or celebrated.
Following the first London performance of the "Messiah," composer George Frederic Handel was congratulated on providing a noble "entertainment" for his audience. The deeply religious Handel hoped for more. "I wish to make them better," he replied. We echo Handel's heartfelt wish - that in some way, each day, we and you and the whole human family are made better through the grace that is not of our own creating. This grace or divine influence on human lives was called the Messiah at its advent. Today, it shines as Christ Jesus' promised Comforter, the Science of Christianity. It comes with no denominational exclusivity or hidden agenda - to Christians, followers of other faith traditions, and to those who claim no church affiliation - like a gift of soul-lifting music.
With warmest Christmas wishes,
The Christian Science Board of Directors