You probably remember watching A Charlie Brown Christmas yourselves or with your kids. Maybe you watched it even this year!
In the special, Cha
rlie Brown say
s: "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."
To which Charlie Brown gets the following insensitive response from Linus: "Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem."
Many may be feeling this way this year and others are responding without thinking hurrying from this thing to the next.
Every year there are those who find themselves with the blues this time of year. We lose loved ones during this time, we struggle with finances, we tire of the commercialism, or we are alienated from family. For me, both Christmas and my birthday are this time of year and losing my dad from Christmas through my birthday in 2011 means every year has more blues than it used to. Maybe you relate to that.
For those who have or had a difficult family life, such a family time can be gut wrenching. And if one is feeling warm fuzzies about all that, the state of the world can make Christmas seem less exciting this year and rob us of precious appreciation of the good things.
Ben and I have planned a service as a gift to you (no one is expected to volunteer or work on this) for this Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. to provide everyone with a time to bring yourself just as you are to the season. We will pray, reflect, light candles and sing songs hopefully appropriate to the tone of our lives. I hope you will come and come just as you find yourself feeling.
Like that stable became a safe space for Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus after the bad news of "no room at the inn," we hope to provide room for you, if even for moment, to be right where you are and to hear words of support and the love of community.
Everything good in your world this year? We encourage you to come and support your friends, family, and neighbors if you can. The gift of your presence is one of the greatest gifts of all.
|A Scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas