Good morning all,
The word of the day is “sentiment.” Over the years I have had a ton of favorite Christmas movies. But one that continues to stand out is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It never gets old. When I was a little kid, I loved it. And, I love it now. What is amazing to me is that right smack dab in the middle of it, Linus reads straight out of the Bible.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men." ~Lk. 2:8-14
My question is: what is Christmas to you? There is a lot of emotional power that comes with this specific holiday. Even though it is a religious observance by about 2 billion Christians, much of the world celebrates with us. That gives us an open invitation to help others understand what we believe, and why. My prayer is that you take the next few days and pray for someone that needs to experience the miracle of Christmas. After all of the presents, cookies, family gatherings, and sentiments that come this week… remember it is the Savior we celebrate this season. And so, as Linus would say, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Praying for you,