Drop Your Blanket

And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

I grew up reading Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic in the Sunday paper and watching the holiday specials on TV. The classic comic has been around since 1947.  Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus, Pigpen, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock…. You know all the iconic characters.

Each of the Peanuts’ characters has a trademark feature – Charlie Brown’s uniquely striped shirt, Lucy’s football, Schroeder’s piano, and Pigpen’s cloud of dust are a few to note. My favorite character, Linus, is best-known for always having his blue security blanket with him. Always. He would never let it go! The rest of the gang tirelessly, and unsuccessfully, tried to separate Linus from his blanket. But, despite the ridicule, he refused to give it up.

The 54th airing of the nostalgic classic film, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will take place this holiday season. I’ve watched that special every Christmas for the past 40 years. It’s a holiday tradition! Just recently, however, I learned about a special moment in the movie that I never noticed before it was pointed out to me.

Charlie Brown is frustrated because all his Christmas plans are turning into a disaster. He confesses that he doesn’t know what Christmas is all about. And, exasperated, he exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” To which his dear friend Linus calmly replies, “Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about.” He drags his blanket to center stage, asks for the lights to be dimmed, and then eloquently recites the Christmas gospel from Luke 2.

And here is the special moment:  while proclaiming the angels declaration, “Fear not!” Linus ceremoniously drops his security blanket to the floor.  He lets it go!  In this moment – in announcing the birth of the Savior – Linus releases his grip on his security blanket. (click here to see the clip)

The symbolism intended by Charles Schulz is clear:  The birth of Jesus releases you from your fears. The birth of Jesus calms your worries. The birth of Jesus allows you to drop the false security blanket you hold onto so tightly in this life and enables you to simply trust his loving promises.

What “security blanket” are you holding onto?  The world we live in is a scary place. And people grasp tightly onto things that make them feel secure – their money, career, family, possessions, health, good looks, etc. But none of them provide true, lasting security in this life or beyond.

“Fear not!”  The angel’s declaration is for you too. Jesus was born to be your Savior. He releases you from the fear of sin’s consequences in this life and in eternity. Nothing else in this life can do that! 

So drop your blanket and hold onto him instead.

 Written by Staff Minister Brent Bitter