It's been a staple of Christmas for a long time.
Every year, it was must see tv - A Charlie Brown Christmas. Once again we commiserate with Charlie Brown as he deals with Lucy and with getting the "wrong" tree.
But, always, there's the show stopper when Linus steps to center stage and recites the Christmas story. Have you noticed how his security blanket drops to the floor while he tells this story? There is security in Christ, that cannot be found in any other way.
Of course, today, we don't have to concern ourselves with the tv schedule anymore. We just purchase the DVD and we're good to go whenever our family is ready to relive the story of redemption.
Yes, the story of redemption!
Charlie Brown, the loser, like all of us, is unable to do the right thing. For us, it's sin that weighs us down, that keeps us from being all that God wants us to be.
But God... let me repeat that, but God in His mercy, love and grace sent His Son Jesus in the form of a human baby - the Christmas story, and through His death we receive pardon for our sin. The "wrong tree" is reborn into a beautiful tree. Our lives become new. "Joy to the World" is ours because of His great gift.
So dig it out, look it up, pull out that copy and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas again.
Just in case you don't have these, here are some links to a DVD of A Charlie Brown Christmas so you can watch it. to the music CD from the show so you can listen to the wonderful songs by Vince Guaraldi, and for the pianists, links to an easy version and a not-so-easy version. (I will let you know that if you click on these links and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.)