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Just Drop Your Blanket Posted 12.17.2015

This month “A Charlie Brown Christmas” aired on national prime time television for the 50th time. In a world where the latest greatest technology is outdated in a matter of months, and social media trends come and go in a matter of days, 50 years of anything becomes quite meaningful.

 

I do remember when it aired for the first time – I was just ten.  I watched it as a kid every year, but I’ve not seen it in years.  One of the best moments of the show is when Linus quotes the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke’s account in his second chapter.  It’s a great rendering of biblical truth.

 

This week, Paul Duncan sent me a blog posting from one observant and insightful author, Jason Soroski.  I will use most of his words from here on out, with a few minor edits.

 

Something happens right in the middle of the telling of the story from Luke, Linus drops his blanket.

 

Charlie Brown is best known for his uniquely striped shirt, and Linus is most associated with his ever-present security blanket. Throughout the story of Peanuts, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and others all work to no avail to separate Linus from his blanket. And even though his security blanket remains a major source of ridicule for the otherwise mature and thoughtful Linus, he simply refuses to give it up.

 

Until this moment.  When he simply drops it.  The “camera” pans in so it is hard to notice, but soon you see both of his hands are empty.  No blanket.

In that climactic scene when Linus shares what ‘Christmas is all about’, he drops his security blanket, and it cannot be anything but intentional. Hey, it is animation – everything happens for a reason, and Linus most certainly doesn’t “just drop” his blanket.  But most telling is the specific moment he drops it: when he utters the words, “fear not.”  Check it out next year.

 

Looking at it now, it is pretty clear what Charles Schulz was saying through this, and it’s so simple it’s brilliant.

 

The birth of Jesus separates us from our fears.

 

The birth of Jesus frees us from the habits we are unable (or unwilling) to break ourselves.

 

The birth of Jesus allows us to simply drop the false security we have been grasping so tightly, and learn to trust and cling to Him instead.

 

The world of 2015 can be a scary place, and most of us find ourselves grasping to something temporal for security, whatever that thing may be. Essentially, 2015 is a world in which it is very difficult for us to “fear not.”

 

But in the midst of fear and insecurity, this simple cartoon image from 1965 continues to live on as an inspration for us to seek true peace and true security in the one place it has always been and can always still be found.

 

This morning I encourage you to drop your “blanket” and accept the gift that God wants to bring to you today.

 

 

 


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