Anyone who knows me, probably is aware of my fondness for Charles Schulz’s Peanut characters. I have loved them since I was a small child. As an adult, I have learned that Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the gang can teach us some important life lessons.
If you are familiar with Linus, you know he is never without his trusty blue blanket. It is certainly a prized possession for him. It brings him comfort in trying times, makes a great slingshot and can even be useful on the skating rink to pull someone along. Linus relies on his blanket and he is somewhat lost without it in his hands.
While watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” I learned something else about my friend Linus. He was not afraid to put his most prized possession to use to help out a dear friend.
This is the scene….. Linus has just finished reciting the Story of Christmas from the book of Luke and saying those famous words, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” His friend, Charlie, bolstered by the promise of God found in Jesus, takes his pitiful Christmas tree, vowing to make it something beautiful and wonderful to honor the meaning of Christmas. For Charlie, though, what happens to him is the same thing that happens to many of us on this road of life, when he places the first heavy ornament on that fragile tree, the limb droops. The ornament is too heavy a load for the tree to bear. Charlie walks off despondent and disappointed. His plan failed.
Along comes Linus with his trusty blue blanket. He takes it and carefully wraps it around the base of the fragile tree. Giving it a sturdy foundation. Immediately, the dropped limb, with the extra support, pops back up and proudly displays the pretty red ornament. Linus used his most prized possession to give his friend Charlie a beautiful gift.
I certainly have Charlie Brown moments in my life. Times of dispair and failure. Days where I feel like my best efforts are never enough. It is one of the reasons I believe so strongly in being linked in a community of believers. There seems to always be a friend willing to wrap their blanket of love and protection around my tree to give me the confidence I need. The best part is, they not only make me stronger, but just like Charlie Brown’s tree, they make me beautiful and whole.
Yes, to all the Charlie Brown’s in this world, that’s what Christmas is all about……
A new branch will grow from the stump of a tree; so a new king will come from the family of Jesse. Isaiah 11:1n