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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what are you thankful for today?

His name is John. That’s it. That’s all I know. I feel like I know him though and I feel like he’s a real friend. You see, I see him and his coworkers nearly every day as construction roadwork is done around where I live. He’s the man near the detour warning and his job is to tell me to stop or go slow with the sign he holds up.

Most people I imagine are annoyed when they see him. But, today I’m thankful for John for keeping me safe and for his big smiles and waves.

I’m always using a different car and we’re juggling who’s going where when. So, he doesn’t always recognize who I am or the car. I even passed in a rental one time.

He just laughed when I rolled my window down to greet him. “I can’t keep up with you people” he said. I’ve carried drinks in my car, snacks, and offered to get him coffee. He always says he’s all set.

Honestly, I don’t blame him. Sure, it is a nice gesture on my behalf, but I wouldn’t trust me either if I were John.

Here’s the thing: today I am thankful for John. And not just this John that I see day in and day out. But, John of the Bible. I don’t know if John on the street knows Jesus in his heart or the John of the Bible, but I am hoping my interactions and smiles and offers of treats are being a practical way to show God’s love to a man that is cold and tired.

I know he gets paid and it is his job, but, if I can brighten up a moment in his mundane routine: Well, praise the Lord!

Who or what are you thankful for today?

Whose day can you make a little brighter?

When you and I do, we will…

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And I dare say, the world will be a little better because of our efforts.

This next week see how many things you can find to be grateful for and do tell in the comments as you might inspire someone to be thankful for something they had yet thought of and it will make your heart full and theirs. It might even change someone’s perspective.

Give thanks with a grateful heart.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Look for something each day to be grateful for even in your daily routine.

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what to say each morning

Lord, how can I enjoy you today?”

It is simple yet profound.

Transformative yet distant.

Encompassing yet aloof.

Why? Because it takes us engaging, desiring, and understanding that is truly what the Lord desires. He longs for us to enjoy His presence, feel His peace, and be engulfed in His love.

With this simple, profound statement change can transpire if you let it engulf your very being. If not, you may feel separated from the Lord and that He is far away instead of as close as the mention of His name.

Will you do it?

Will you ask today and everyday going forward: “Lord, how can I enjoy you today?”

For: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118.24

When you have the joy of the Lord, the world will see you …

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The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3.17

But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” Psalms 147.11

The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.” Psalms 125.20

Be counted in His clutches. Come under His protection. Be considered one of the righteous whom He delights in.

And don’t forget what to say each morning: “Lord, how can I enjoy you today?”

Please comment how you did just that!

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