I grew up not knowing the real origin of Christmas. Our family still celebrated Christmas (and Hanukkah) with presents and decorations, food and fun. But I wasn’t familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth, which as the saying goes is “the reason for the season.”
Fast forward to early adulthood, where I’d begun to read the Bible and practice spiritual healing through Christian Science. I experienced quick healing of a wound – in a way that would be considered physically impossible.
One evening, I was trimming my mustache and slipped. The scissor blade went deep into my upper lip. At that moment, along with pain and surprise, I had another response that came from my spiritual study.
I recalled an account I’d read that day about a woman working in a restaurant. While using an electric appliance with one hand, she reached out with the other to turn off a dripping faucet – causing a huge electric shock to grip her.
After momentarily losing consciousness, she let go of the faucet and steadied herself with ideas from her own spiritual study, feeling God’s presence remove her fear. After that, she felt no pain or aftereffects and went about her job. Later, she was told of an electrician who learned what happened and commented that no one could live through that amount of electric current.
This story had inspired me and I made the quick choice to turn to those same spiritual ideas for my immediate need. I closed my eyes and embraced thoughts of God’s loving presence engulfing me and felt safe. This all took about 20 seconds. Then, without examining the wound further, I turned out the light and went to bed.
The next morning I went to the mirror and couldn’t find a single trace of the injury – not even any blood. Under physical laws, that’s not possible. But that’s the way it occurred.
This was the first of many such experiences I’ve had over the years. What they’ve taught me is that there are higher laws than physical laws. Spiritual healing invokes spiritual laws – God’s laws.
And that’s where Christmas comes in.
Jesus’ virgin birth was physically impossible. It was an expression of God’s higher spiritual law, signifying the start of something new and different in human history.
The physical healings Jesus later performed continued to show there is a higher power available. He made it clear also that those who follow him can access that power, saying, “In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father.”
All this has made me re-think the concept of a miracle. Perhaps it isn’t just a random occurrence that only some can experience. I’ve come to appreciate this eye-opening definition of miracle: “That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly.”
There are many wonderful things about Christmas. The love and joy we can feel at a holiday meal with family and friends is certainly special. And I just spotted an article that says it can even be healthy – “6 surprising health benefits of your Christmas dinner revealed.” But I think Christmas health benefits go further.
My sense of the miracle of Christmas has evolved beyond dinners, gifts or even a beautiful story. For me, it’s a symbol of what’s possible. It points to eternal laws of God that we have the opportunity to experience healing from.
Now there’s a reason for hope and peace.