Linus and Luke
We watched a holiday movie with the grandkids tonight. It was fun, funny and thoughtful. These movies are usually chocked full of good messages that lead to wonderful opportunities for conversations. Each year we add new additions to our holiday watch list, but so far, no scene has ever beat the one from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ when Linus shares from the book of Luke. Luke 2:8-14 KJV “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 good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 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, good will toward men.” Linus quietly walks onto center stages, his security blanket in tow, and begins his recitation from Luke 2. The quiet authority and the gentleness of his voice is mesmerizing in its simplicity. He quotes the entire section by memory and as he leaves the platform he says ‘That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown’. Charlie is so moved by Linus’ words that he takes the little tree home. The thing that always tugs at my heart strings is that Linus drops his security blanket as he says ‘fear not’. God’s words to us. ‘Fear not for I bring you tidings of great joy.’ When the opportunities arise for us to share the true meaning of Christmas, we should all be as courageous as Linus and share from our hearts about the joy found in Jesus, because Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.