A Christmas Pause

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I thought it might be permissible to take a short break from the book of Psalms, if only to remember that all the psalms, as part of the wild ride that is the story of redemption, lead us to the coming kingdom by way of Bethlehem.

Last year, I wrote a piece for Relevant that highlights why, for me, the Christmas story only grows sweeter as I explore and study other parts of Scriptures. Oh, and it’s got Charlie Brown and Linus in it too.

I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

What Charlie Brown Taught Me About the Bible

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

I’ll admit it. I’m weak. It gets me every time. Charlie Brown just can’t understand why everyone else seems so happy at Christmastime when all he can see are aluminum trees, twinkle-light contests, and self-enriching letters to Santa. But then Linus steps up, calm and collected, to tell
everyone’s favorite blockhead exactly what Christmas is all about.

Linus moves to center stage and recites from memory Luke 2:8–14 in the King James Version, even dropping his security blanket when he recounts the “Fear not” part (v. 10). The good news is enough to bring Charlie Brown out of his holiday slump, and the whole gang sings “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Read more…

Note: While I normally update this site with a new devotional reading every Monday through Friday, there will be no post tomorrow. I won’t be on my computer, and I hope you won’t be on yours either. I’ll be back with Psalm 102 on Monday morning. Have a blessed Christmas!

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