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Winter 2010

The Perfect Christmas Gift

This Winter issue reaches most of you just as people are gearing up for the Christmas season, which at its best provides love, light, beauty, joy, and laughter. At our best, we are making lists of those we love and want to remember at Christmastime, planning our careful shopping or homemade activities, weaving our spirituality into our daily life as we sing carols or light candles or lovingly give gifts in honor of the birth of our Elder Brother. Matthew’s gospel tells of the appropriate gifts of the Magi to the Christ child. An old carol explains: "Gold in honor of the king; incense to the priest we bring; myrrh for time of burying". We want our gifts to our loved ones to be equally appropriate, and we work hard at acquiring or creating just the right thing for each person on our list.

But, as in Stephen Covey’s classic metaphor of the goose and the golden eggs, one needs to take care of oneself (the goose) if one is to continue to provide golden eggs. What is the perfect Christmas gift for us to give ourselves? Foot massages, our favorite Christmas music, or some extra quiet time are nice, but they aren’t what we truly need most. The perfect Christmas gift is Emmet Fox’s Golden Key.

This year, an unusually high number of people are finding their faith challenged in various ways, particularly with respect to prosperity. Funds appear to be lacking or limited, and that becomes all the more painful at Christmas, when we want to have a wonderful celebration and be generous to those we love. Fears about the future threaten to engulf us. Difficult as it may be, that is when we most need to turn Fox’s Golden Key. It is, says Fox, "a practical recipe for getting out of trouble. Study and research are well in their own time and place, but no amount of either will get you out of a concrete difficulty. Nothing but practical work in your own consciousness will do that."

What is the Golden Key? "Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. . . . Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty right out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God." No job? No presents? No time? Relationship problems? Health challenges? "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The idea is to rehearse in your own mind all that you know about God. You don’t have to have every detail clear, just go over what you do know. The Bible is full of ideas: God gives us power to get wealth, satisfies us with good things, is with us in trouble, compensates us for loss, heals our sickness, comforts us. God is entirely good, everywhere present and available, answering us even before we call. God is already giving 100 percent, but we are not receiving all that God has to give for assorted reasons, usually that we are shutting out God’s blessings with our fears and doubts. If we can become still ("In quietness and confidence shall be your strength"), we can notice the feeling of those countless blessings pressing in on us from all sides; we can feel the wind beneath our wings; we can renew our faith and our expectancy of forthcoming good.

Fox warns, "Do not try to think out in advance what the solution of your difficulty will probably turn out to be. . . . Leave the question of ways and means strictly to God. . . . You do your half, and God will never fail to do His." I have often observed that God has a mischievous sense of humor and loves to surprise us with preposterous solutions. Be prepared to be delighted, and to rejoice on Christmas morning.