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I found a beautiful Christmas talk by Ernest Holmes which he gave on his weekly show, “This Thing Called Life” that aired on Sunday, December 25, 1949. Holmes brings out the symbolism in this beautiful story. Here is a brief summary.

Christ Is Born in Us Today

Shepherds in the fields: The story begins with the shepherds watching their flocks by night. The angels appear to them and give them the good news that Christ is born in a manger and will bring Peace on earth and Goodwill to all men.

The shepherds who watch their flocks represent those times we retreat into that quiet place within, watching and waiting for any spiritual stirring within our hearts.

Holmes says, “Suppose we were to think of this as a grouping of beautiful word pictures meant to represent those experiences which we all have as we search for the meaning of life and try to draw ever closer to the Divine Presence which fills all space.”

As the shepherds were watching and listening in their revelry, the angels appear to them in raiments of white light. Holmes suggests that the angels represent God’s presence within us, telling us to fear not, “For, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”

The Babe is born: Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room at the Inn. The fact that Jesus was born in a manger reminds us that we often receive our greatest inspiration in quiet places, or simple times, without the distracting glitter and glitz in the world. At Christmastime, we feel that inner peace, and we extend our hands in love to our fellow persons. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole world.

The shepherds made haste to find Mary and Joseph and the Babe. This begs the question, are we also making haste to spread the good news of the Divine Presence we find within? As we deepen our faith, as we continue our personal walk on our spiritual path, we understandably want to share with others the joy and love that we experience. This is when we are grateful for our spiritual communities with those of like mind. But we also want to share our joy with others whom we meet outside of our groups.

Here come the Wise Men: The Wise Men, the Magi from the East, followed the Star to the scene, bringing their gifts. These Wise Men represent our intellect, which searches for truth, as opposed to our feelings (shepherds) which seek within our hearts. In our personal lives, we read our books and we discuss spiritual topics and we seek knowledge of the truth intellectually. We know in our minds that the “Holy Babe of Bethlehem” should be born within us. When the Wise Men found the babe, they fell down and worshiped him, and presented their gifts to him. The “pure gold” of their heart, and the beauty and purity represented by the frankincense and myrrh, were laid before the altar of their Lord.

That the shepherds represent intuition or feeling, and the Wise Men represent  the intellect, is significant in that the intellect must join with the heart to fully experience the Love, Peace, and Joy that is so generously bestowed upon us through the Christ light. “We must bring all that we have if we, too, are to see the light from heaven and hear the angelic voices and feel the glory and the power which belong to God’s kingdom.”

The world today needs the heavenly light, the star to guide it, the understanding heart, and divine guidance within the heart. We are the shepherds of feeling and love, and we are the wise men of intellect following the star to where the hope and glory of life lies. As we remember this wonderful story we all grew up with, we have the opportunity to apply its deeper meaning to our everyday lives.

May the Christ Light be born within each one of us. May we allow the angelic force, and the celestial song of peace on earth to live within our hearts, and shine forth to all whom we meet.

Dr. Holmes Meditation as heard on “This Thing Called Life”

“Let us take as our thought for today: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men.’ Prayer and meditation are for the purpose of consciously entering into communion with the Spirit of all life, with a Power and Presence that fill all space, and that flows through everything, and is at the very center of our own being. Prayer and meditation connect our thought and mind with the Giver of all good, with the essence of all life, with the power that can do anything, and with that love and peace which we know God must be. Let us, then, shut every other thought out of the mind for a few moments as we listen quietly, reverently, peacefully and with complete acceptance.

“’Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth and goodwill toward men.’ We, too, glorify the Divine Presence and lift up both mind and heart to the influx of the Divine Spirit. As we do this, peace and good flow through us and out to all men.

“It is our sincere desire that the Heavenly Light shall guide us, as it did the Wise Men of old, to the place where the Heavenly Child is to be born in us today. Reverently we bow before this divine incarnation. Silently we offer our gifts of love and adoration to the Presence within and around us, to our dear ones and friends, and to the whole world.

“May the angels of the Lord proclaim, anew, to us the good tidings of great joy.”

“O holy Child of Bethlehem,

Descend in us, we pray;

Cast out our sin, and enter in;

Be born in us today!”  

 

Here is a PDF of Ernest Holmes talk.