Simply Drop the Blanket: The Second You By no means Seen in A Charlie Brown Christmas .
This week A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on nationwide prime time tv for the 50th time. In a world the place the most recent best expertise is outdated in a matter of months, and social media traits come and go in a matter of days, 50 years of something turns into fairly significant.
I’m a fan of all issues nostalgic and all issues Christmas, and so when the 2 are mixed I’m hooked, and the Charlie Brown Christmas particular falls squarely into that class.
I used to be within the first grade again after they nonetheless carried out Christmas pageants in faculties (lower than 50 years, however nonetheless a really very long time in the past), and our class carried out a model of the Charlie Brown Christmas. Since I used to be form of a bookworm and already had a blue blanket, I used to be chosen to play the a part of Linus. As Linus, I memorized Luke 2:Eight-14, and that Scripture has been hidden in my coronary heart ever since.
However whereas working so diligently to be taught these strains, there’s one essential factor I didn’t discover then, and didn’t discover till now.
Proper in the course of talking, Linus drops the blanket.
Photograph courtesy: CBS
Charlie Brown is greatest recognized for his uniquely striped shirt, and Linus is most related together with his ever-present safety blanket. All through the story of Peanuts, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and others all work to no avail to separate Linus from his blanket. And regardless that his safety blanket stays a serious supply of ridicule for the in any other case mature and considerate Linus, he merely refuses to provide it up.
Till this second. When he merely drops it.
In that climactic scene when Linus shares “what Christmas is all about,” he drops his safety blanket, and I’m now satisfied that that is intentional. Most telling is the precise second he drops it: when he utters the phrases, “fear not” (at :39 seconds).
it now, it’s fairly clear what Charles Schultz was saying, and it is so easy it is good.
The beginning of Jesus separates us from our fears.
The beginning of Jesus frees us from the habits we’re unable (or unwilling) to interrupt ourselves.
The beginning of Jesus permits us to easily drop the false safety now we have been greedy so tightly, and be taught to belief and cling to Him as an alternative.
Photograph courtesy: CBS
The world of 2015 could be a scary place, and most of us discover ourselves greedy to one thing temporal for safety, no matter that factor could also be. Basically, 2015 is a world by which it is extremely troublesome for us to “fear not.”
However within the midst of concern and insecurity, this straightforward cartoon picture from 1965 continues to reside on as an inspiration for us to hunt true peace and true safety within the one place it has all the time been and might all the time nonetheless be discovered.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… READ PART TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, THE REST OF LINUS’S STORY!
As a author and musician, Jason Soroski strives to speak in a means that’s insightful, significant, related, and conscious of the small issues that we might in any other case overlook in our on a regular basis lives. He successfully faucets into his experiences as a worship pastor, classroom instructor, husband, and homeschooling father of 5 to narrate poignant tales from real-life experiences. Jason holds an M.Ed. from Missouri Baptist College, has been featured in varied print and internet publications, and presently resides in Houston, TX. Learn extra from Jason at his weblog The Manner I See It.
Article initially printed at The Manner I See It. Used with permission.
Publication date: December 14, 2015