Christmas Presence

The best Christmas present I've ever received? - an awareness of the presence of the Christ!  I injured my knee in a hockey game and for three days after that I lay in bed, unable to move my leg without pain.  During this time I was praying and contemplating the Christ - What was it?  Where was it?  Could it help me?  Would it help me?  I gradually realized that the Christ wasn't some gift given only at a certain time of year or to certain people, but a divine, ever-present power that is always ready and available to bless and heal any of us.  The awareness of this Christ-presence became so clear that the pain in my knee suddenly ceased and I was able to move my leg.  I held to this sense of the Christ-presence and in two weeks I was skating again.  I've never had a problem again with this knee in the many years since.  Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian author and healer, wrote in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
"The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day.  So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being."
You can learn more about the Christ-presence in Eddy's book which can be read online, purchased from major booksellers, or read, borrowed or purchased at a Christian Science Reading Room.  The Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado is located at 4602 Plettner Lane.