From the Heart
The author of this is Jeanne Rogors. I want to share her message.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
For years, major television networks have featured a Charlie Brown Christmas as one of their prime time specials during the days prior to Christmas. Audiences of all ages have viewed the 1965 classic movie.
The famous cartoon provides clean entertainment as the beloved Peanuts characters explore life’s challenges. Each scene is honest and humorous and Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, always steals the show. It is also a favorite because the movie features the true meaning of Christmas.
Throughout the plot of the movie, Charlie Brown experiences frustration and disappointment, and eventually despairs with all the commercialization of Christmas. Guided by the five-cent, psychiatric advice of Lucy, he accepts the role of director for the annual Christmas Pageant.
As usual, he gets no respect for his leadership effort. He voices his frustration with familiar Peanuts remarks, “Good grief!” and “Oh rats!”
Just as he is about to give up on understanding Christmas, Charlie Brown’s friend, Linus. offers him hope.
“I’ll tell you what Christmas is all about”, Linus says. The scene changes as Linus walks into the center-stage spotlight. The true meaning of Christmas unfolds as the voice of a pre-school child narrates the story of Jesus’ birth.
“And there were shepherds gathered in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Fear not, I bring you good news of great joy for all the people of the earth. For today, in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you. He is Christ the Lord.”( Luke 2;8-10)
Charlie Brown gets it. Something happens inside his heart. A change in attitude and behavior moves through the entire cast of characters, and their disagreeable mood transforms into celebrative joy.
In typical Peanuts style, Charlie Shultz gave a truthful solution to a dilemma that has intensified over the forty years since the movie’s creation- the secularization of Christmas. We are grateful to this talented cartoonist who spoke a timeless, spiritual message through the lives of animated children.
This Christmas when so many messages of truth are silenced, perhaps the message of hope, told in a classic cartoon, will be heard. May we once again experience the profound and simple meaning of Christmas; that a Savior was born “for all the people of the earth.”