Quiet anticipation in 24 steps (encore)
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, 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.
The chapter "Recapitulation" serves me as a self-instruction course preparing my thought, I love to learn more about Christianity by learning more about the Science of Christianity. Although the word "Christmas" does neither occur in the Bible nor in the chapter "Recapitulation". The 24 sections in the chapter serve me as 24 steps, they help me to approach the deeper meaning of Christmas. The "course overview" can be found here, you might call it "The Christian Science Advent Calendar."
30/11/2015 12:55:45 am
What a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. Love to you and everyone sharing your Christmas this year, from Albuquerque, NM, USA!
30/11/2015 02:18:37 am
I love this, too. I always enjoy reading Mrs. Eddy's writings concerning Christmas and reading her poem, Christ and Christmas during the holiday season. I will add the chapter, Recapitulation, to my Christmas reading and enjoy celebrating Advent in a special way.
1/12/2015 04:14:37 pm
This is a wonderful idea. Starting today. Thank you, I enjoy your writings very much, Annette.
3/12/2015 01:48:35 pm
Wonderful idea. Bless you.
8/12/2015 04:05:26 pm
Thanks for sharing, what a wonderful idea!
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