What’s It All About?


Flying for the first time in 35 years, arriving home from a Caribbean cruise on Christmas Eve morning, is surreal.  (In a good way.)

St. Thomas, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas, plus everything a cruise ship brings—all topped off with Christmas:  we were filled to the brim.  (In more ways than one.)

But would you believe there was still room for being lifted up?  Oh, make no mistake: we had a grand time!  But last night we watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  I was thinking how much we can be like the bald, melancholy boy: blessing and love all around, yet we can’t see the forest for the trees.  (Decorated as they may be.)

We reached a simple conclusion: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.  While swimming in the Caribbean, we missed some washing with the water of the Word.  While sampling sumptuous buffets, we took mere nibbles of our real sustenance.  (Full, and hungry, at the same time.)

Oh, we did study, and God blessed it; and during my time on the Lido deck, I read a book on the End Times—which caused me to shine my light on the ship and the islands.  (But the fact is, when we got up on December 26th, we needed extra devotions.)

This Christmas, being out of the country spared us the last-minute traffic and chaos of the season.  The entire 10 days was fabulous; I’d do it again in a New York minute.  (And flying against 100 MPH headwinds for six hours stirred my heart as I rejoined my family for Christmas.)

But it didn’t hurt to hear those haunting words from the Gospel of Luke, recited by Linus, the boy with the blue blanket:  “Fear not; for, behold, I bring you 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. …  That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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2 Responses to What’s It All About?

  1. Toni says:

    Amen, sister!

  2. Meaghan says:

    such sweet truth~just saw on a history channel special about various Christmas shows that this Linus reading of the Word of God was very controversial in its day, but the producer insisted on it staying in and was the 1st cartoon to have a child read the birth of Christ~God is so good, Glad you are back and thankful for the many joys He gave you for those 10 days.
    Love you and are blessed by your friendship ❤

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