Yesterday in church I heard an incredible Advent sermon. I’m sure bits and pieces will be sprinkled throughout the blog this month, but this morning, there’s one little nugget that has really stuck.
Our minister Andy recalled a few years ago at Christmas when he went to buy a movie for his young daughter. Scanning the titles he couldn’t believe it—Dora Saves Christmas, Diego Saves Christmas, Elmo Saves Christmas…this list went on and on.
I did a little scan on Amazon and found the above as well as How The Flinstones Saved Christmas, The Elf Who Saved Christmas, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, The Toy That Saved Christmas… my list could go on and on as well.
Andy posed the question, “What is it about Christmas that needs saving?” He continued, “Christmas doesn’t need saving, but we do. And rather than saving Christmas, Christmas saves us.”
Among the list of those who got it wrong, he did reference one beloved children’s cartoon that actually got it right. 45 years ago, Charles Schulz and his beloved Peanuts touched on the real meaning of Christmas and it has been airing nationally each year since 1965.
Towards the end, Charlie Brown frustratingly asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
Linus, so calm and collected, replies, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about…” and he proceeds to the stage to recite Luke chapter 2:8-14. (See below)
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”