You picked up a Christmas tree for which the loadbearing capacity is apparently less than one bulb.
Nothing you planned is going the way you hoped. All the other children laugh and shake their heads.
Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you are indeed the Charlie Browniest.
Concede defeat and admit it. You don’t understand the meaning of Christmas after all.
That’s when your pal Linus chimes in.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,Luke 2:8-14 (ESV)
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. And when we keep that in view, everything else can be neatly put into perspective.
Christmas décor is well and good. So are gifts. And parties are fine. Yet we can enjoy all those things best when our hearts are fixed on the lavish humility of how God chose to send Jesus into the world.
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