Dec 23, 2012

Hoping You Don't Have A Charlie Brown Christmas...


 “I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?” 
–Charlie Brown about not receiving any Christmas cards.
 Poor Charlie Brown.
The message that comes from his mouth, many times through crumpled heart thoughts... feeling unheard, unloved, even unnecessary. He shares words most of us have felt.

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards, and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.” 
Charlie Brown

It's an easy trip to feeling unhappy and depressed.
We fall into the sentiment of Christmas instead the truth of Christmas. 
Sentiment doesn't help us celebrate Jesus birth. It focuses our celebration on family, food and gifts.
I love these things, but it is difficult to keep my focus on the true meaning of the season.
We try and create a picture of the perfect Christmas for our loved ones.
Truth is... sometimes our loved ones are far away.
Truth is... the perfect Christmas happened in a damp, cold, smelly barn.

 “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”  - Charlie Brown

Oh Charlie, you ask such a wise question.
I hope we know what Christmas is all about this season.
The birth of a Savior, who came to the world to redeem us... through His gift of life to us.
His Father.... GOD, sent this baby boy, His Only Baby... to come and live among us and be an example of love, grace and mercy.

Thank you God, for showing us Christmas... through Charlie Brown. 

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:9-14

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