This past Sunday our Children’s Music Department put on a production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. I’m sure most of you were there because the house was packed! The kids did such an incredible job, and they couldn’t have possibly gone wrong in my eyes because I love Charlie Brown. Here’s a pretty famous quote from everyone’s favorite blockhead:
“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards, and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.” – Charlie Brown
I know this seems like a downer, but that’s actually something I’ve learned is pretty common this time of year. The holidays are a very stressful and depressing time for many people. For some, this will be the first Christmas without the loved one they lost this year. For others it will be a time of realization that they aren’t where they want to be in life. The holidays always make people pretty introspective.
Due to the law of large numbers, I’m sure there are even some of you reading this right now that can relate to Charlie Brown, and most of the rest of you know someone in that situation, whether you are aware of it or not.
For those of you suffering through a hard time this Christmas, I hope you remember that Christ came as the light of the world to bring hope and restoration to all things. That hope is for you too.
For those of you having a great time and loving this time of year, I hope you take the time to look around at the people in your life and take notice of the ones that seem to be down. It’s hard to notice someone’s sadness when there are Christmas carols, figgy pudding and candy canes everywhere.
You might be the only person to notice their struggle and you might be the light of Christ to that person. Christ came as the light of the world, but he also came to tell us that it’s our job to share that light with others. I hope you will share that light with those who need it the most. And I hope you will join us on Christmas Eve at any of the following worship times:
5pm – Traditional
8pm – Contemporary
11pm – Traditional
Merry Christmas my friends!