"I have now realized that you are not what you do, because if you are, then when you don't you aren't."
This insight into the true nature of purpose is a conclusion of a healing from the aftereffects of a stroke. The writer is Doug Dombek, and I invite you to read his article A new view, a new life.
Purpose is about being, it is about the meaning of your life, and it is defined by the things that endure, that have continuity - "things not seen," the things of Spirit (see Heb. 11:1) in Bible talk. So the real purpose of life is not what we do or how we are defined by time and culture - purpose is about the spiritual essence of life.
It has everything to do with who we are as Life, God, has made us. This purpose is the same for each of us, but at the same time it is unique to each individual. Our purpose is to be the child of God—to express God's intention that each of us express His divine nature.
It is a spiritual law that each idea, each being has a clearly defined identity and individuality. And only God, Life, knows what this is. So how to find out all about it? Listening, heartfelt prayer, meditation, quietness. Over the years I have been greatly inspired by this little prayer, which comes along so humble and simple --- and unfolds its big impact in your heart. Purpose, the purpose of your life is good, so good, tender and big at the same time. Like the purpose of everything that has a place in our experience - everyone we met and will meet, the planet that we call our home, mountains and the sea, pets and wildlife. God has a plan.
God has a plan.
And as our purpose grows
To serve Him best,
We find Him leading on
Where wisdom flows
And work is rest.
(H. E. Williams)
Who says that Christmas expectancy can't be enriched by a learning curve? Learning and Christmas? Do they go together? I think yes. Christmas is about learning that goodness is real. That divine Love is real. That all men are worthy of love, whole, spiritual, free. That creation is so packed and rich with goodness, that only Love could have done this. The Christ is loving each one of us as if he has nothing else to do. Christmas is all about humility and listening. As Art Fettig said: "Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was."
So you might like to look at this Christmas time from the perspective of the shepherds, with an attitude of quiet anticipation. Following a heavenly message of peace and moving towards Bethlehem, where in a modest stable Jesus Christ was born. Moving towards Bethlehem step after step after step.
What my family has been doing for the last Christmas times is to cultivate this attitude of quiet anticipation. We take a special part of the Christian Science textbook and ponder it each day. The chapter "Recapitulation" is comprised of 24 Q&A. We ponder one Q&A each day of December prior to Christmas. You need for it the Bible commentary "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which you can get here. Candles might shine brightly, there might be hot tea, cookies, Christmas decorations, holiday lights, Lebkuchen, an Advent wreath - all the magnificent ingredients to brighten the Christmas prep time. Advent mornings are wonderful.
And the deeper meaning of Christmas is key to true Christmas peace. Sheer inspiration comes from Mary Baker Eddy - she must have looked at the various ways Jesus Christ is remembered and celebrated in communities and families, I can imagine her looking at little Jesus babes in cribs or mangers, nativity plays, and Christmas services. It all has its place in life, and yet when it comes to real help and healing, something more is in store for us today. She writes:
"Let the sentinels of Zion's watch-towers shout once again, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”
In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity's needs. In this age it assumes, more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish."
(Mis. 370:9-15 (to 2nd .))
So the chapter "Recapitulation" serves me as a self-instruction course in preparing my thought to receive more of the Christian healing, Jesus introduced. I love to learn more about Christianity by learning more about the Science of Christianity with its healing dimension and practical impact. Although the word "Christmas" does neither occur in the Bible nor in the chapter "Recapitulation". The 24 sections in the chapter serve as 24 steps, they approach the deeper meaning of Christmas in quiet anticipation. The "course overview" can be found here, you might call it "The Christian Science Advent Calendar."
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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