drop the blanket part 2

The Rest of Linus’s Story from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

To read part one, click here: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/12/14/fear-not-or-the-moment-linus-drops-the-blanket/

“After the epic, blanket-dropping recitation of Scripture given by Linus in response to Charlie Brown’s quest for meaning, he picks the blanket back up. Isn’t that anti-climactic?

A few days ago, I* wrote down some thoughts about a beautiful moment that has been hidden in plain sight for 50 years in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’

As a pastor, I am thrilled at the encouragement it has given, and as a former literature teacher, I am thrilled that it has started a firestorm of film analysis! Many of you have pointed out that at the end of the scene, Linus picks the blanket back up, and have openly wondered why.

After the epic, blanket-dropping recitation of Scripture given by Linus in response to Charlie Brown’s quest for meaning, he picks the blanket back up.

Isn’t that anti-climactic?

Why would Linus pick that old security back up after so boldly proclaiming an end to fear? Why does he leave the stage with that security blanket still in his hand?

We first must realize that we all carry that same blanket.

Just like Linus, we may stand tall in a moment of faith and conviction, a moment when Scripture hidden in our heart comes to life, and all else is flung aside as we experience and proclaim the true freedom and security that only Jesus can give.

But at some point, out of habit, we reach down and pick that thing right back up. Faith, while powerful, is also delicate.

Linus clearly knows the truth, and clearly proclaims the truth. The knowledge is there and the wisdom is there and the passion is there. So why does he pick it back up?

I think the answer is strikingly clear. It is because we all do the same thing.

We know. We feel. We proclaim.

Yet we gaze in the mirror one morning to find that tattered old blanket draped over our shoulder yet again. And we realize that we have become so used to it being there that we hardly even noticed it.

But that is not where this blanket story ends.

The show ends with the Peanuts gang not just singing, but clearly and unquestionably singing in worship. Even the musical style at this point is different from anything else heard previously.

The obvious song choice here could have been ‘O Christmas Tree,’ the notes of which have already been playing gently in the background.

But the focus is no longer the tree. The focus has become bigger than the tree. The focus is Jesus.

With this new focus, the kids instead slide effortlessly into “Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Glory to the Newborn King,” and what we are now witnessing is essentially an impromptu worship service.

But before any of this happens, Linus parts with that blanket yet again, and lays it down for good at the base of that beautiful Christmas tree, just as we should strive to not just lay our blanket down just anywhere, but leave it forever behind us at the foot of that cross, for our own good and the good of others.

Linus and friends have moved from speaking truth and hearing truth into a deeper place of worship, where they finally respond to that truth, much like those shepherds who were instructed to “fear not” so very long ago.

It is here at the end of the show that Linus lays that blanket down yet again, and this time? He doesn’t look back.”

That is what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Christ came to fulfill His purpose; we need to seek to fulfill ours in faith expecting the impossible and never looking back all the while worshipping the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Amen – so be it. Now, go help others understand all that has been read as you daily strive to…

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Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matthew 5.17

*written by Jason Soroski

As a writer and musician, Jason Soroski strives to communicate in a way that is insightful, meaningful, relevant, and mindful of the small things that we may otherwise overlook in our everyday lives. He effectively taps into his experiences as a worship pastor, classroom teacher, husband, and homeschooling father of five to relate poignant stories from real-life experiences. Jason holds an M.Ed. from Missouri Baptist University, has been featured in various print and web publications, and currently resides in Houston, TX. Read more from Jason at his blog The Way I See It.

Published: December 21, 2015

https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/drop-the-blanket-the-rest-of-linus-s-story-from-a-charlie-brown-christmas.html

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fear not (or the moment Linus drops the blanket)

The following was originally published at The Way I See It on December 14, 2015…

Just Drop the Blanket: The Moment You Never Noticed in A Charlie Brown Christmas Jason Soroski*

“I once played Linus in a first-grade performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. But while working so diligently to learn those lines, there is one important thing I didn’t notice then, and didn’t notice until now.

This week 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 am a fan of all things nostalgic and all things Christmas, and so when the two are combined I am hooked, and the Charlie Brown Christmas special falls squarely into that category.

I was in the first grade back when they still performed Christmas pageants in schools (less than 50 years, but still a very long time ago), and our class performed a version of the Charlie Brown Christmas. Since I was kind of a bookworm and already had a blue blanket, I was chosen to play the part of Linus.

As Linus, I memorized Luke 2:8-14, and that Scripture has been hidden in my heart ever since.

But while working so diligently to learn those lines, there is one important thing I didn’t notice then, and didn’t notice until now.

Right in the middle of speaking, Linus drops the 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.

In that climactic scene when Linus shares “what Christmas is all about,” he drops his security blanket, and I am now convinced that this is intentional. Most telling is the specific moment he drops it: when he utters the words, “fear not” (at :39 seconds).

Looking at it now, it is pretty clear what Charles Schultz was saying, 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 (or 2019) 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 inspiration for us to seek true peace and true security in the one place it has always been and can always still be found.”

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke‬ ‭2:14-18‬

Tell the story…

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THAT’S NOT ALL… READ PART TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, THE REST OF LINUS’S STORY ON DECEMBER 21st!

*As a writer and musician, Jason Soroski strives to communicate in a way that is insightful, meaningful, relevant, and mindful of the small things that we may otherwise overlook in our everyday lives. He effectively taps into his experiences as a worship pastor, classroom teacher, husband, and homeschooling father of five to relate poignant stories from real-life experiences. Jason holds an M.Ed. from Missouri Baptist University, has been featured in various print and web publications, and currently resides in Houston, TX. Read more from Jason at his blog The Way I See It.

https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/just-drop-the-blanket-the-moment-you-never-noticed-in-a-charlie-brown-christmas.html

fear not*

Did you know that the Lord says to us “Do not fear” over 300 times in the Bible? OVER THREE HUNDRED TIMES!

I don’t know about you but once I’ve told my kids something more than a few times my gut reaction is to want to give up, turn into tough love guy and say “Well, I tried! Guess you’re just gonna have to figure it out on your own!”

But the Lord is there, faithfully at our side, reminding us OVER 300 TIMES not to be afraid!

Even though He already proved His power in delivering Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. (Side Note: I prefer to call them by their Hebrew names: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; and I wonder why we don’t always. Things that make me go hm!)

Back to how God has proved there is no reason for us to fear. He already proved His faithful protection and provision in delivering the Isrealites out of Egypt.

Even though, He already showed us His incredible love, mercy, and grace when He died on the cross.

Even though, He has walked each one of us through the trials and storms of life, He never throws up His hands saying “Well, I tried! You’re on your own!”

Instead, He is there, with us every day, reminding us that He holds us in His hand – protecting us, loving us, guiding us, and continually reminding us “Do Not Fear!”*

Yes, words like ‘do not be afraid’, ‘fear not’, etc occur over three hundred times in the Bible and arguably you will find 365 times, one for every day of the year.

Trust God and do not fear each and every day of the whole year!

The Lord gives strengthen to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29.11

Let God help you, care for you, and take all your fears.

Then, you can show the world who is the Master of the peace within and more will join us to…

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*copied from a post RJ

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