December 2018 — Christmas: A Time for Singing and Soaring

“In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the absolute and eternal, — for the things of Spirit, not of matter” (Miscellany 260:9-11).

The excitement of the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day, stands in stark contrast to this thoughtful reminder of the deeper significance of Christmas.

In another view of Christmas from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy we read:

“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” (Miscellaneous Writings p. 370:12).

As a Christian Science nursing facility, we cherish this Bethlehem Babe and its promise of redemption. We honor the commemoration of the birth of Jesus and its fulfillment of prophecy. We ponder the true meaning of Christmas and its expression in the Purpose of High Ridge House to Glorify God through Christian Healing.

A vital part of all Christian healing is gratitude. As 2018 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the ever presence of good and give thanks for:

  • Our generous contributors
  • Our devoted volunteers
  • Our hard working members of the High Ridge House team – the dedicated Christian Science nurses, the administrative staff and the Board of Trustees
  • And of course, You! — our ENews readers and subscribers

And this collective dedication has brought more caring ways to serve our patients, a growing and fruitful Day Guest Program, and the moment by moment recognition of healing.

Looking ahead to 2019, we rejoice in this unity of Spirit and our companionship with you our brothers and sisters in Christ. And just like the birds, how can we keep from singing and soaring?


Marivic B. Mabanag
Executive Director