CHARLIE BROWN’S ADVENT LAMENT…CHAOS!
December 22, 2019…4th Sunday of Advent
A Charlie Brown Christmas is perhaps the most beloved animated TV special of all time. It has been an annual highlight of the Yuletide season since 1965.
There’s something about ol’ Charlie Brown’s lamentations regarding this season of the year that resonates with us. On the first Sunday of Advent, we talked a bit about Charlie Brown’s and our codependency toward Christmas, expecting the season to produce an overwhelming warm fuzzy feeling. We talked about how Christmas is really about incarnation, not emotion.
Two weeks ago we heard Charlie Brown railing about the commercialization of Christmas as he witnessed his dog Snoopy in Tasmanian Devil mode, frantically nailing up lights to his doghouse as he entered a home decorating contest in the hopes of winning a huge cash prize. We talked about how we, too, often succumb to the hectic, harried commercial side of Christmas, posting a No Vacancy sign in the window of our lives, leaving no room for Jesus in the midst of our celebration.
Then, last Sunday we witnessed Charlie Brown lamenting another pitfall of the season – being all-consumed by consumption.
We discussed how a meaningful life is found in traveling light. We need to take time to look beneath and beyond the consumption, and appreciate the simple wonder that God has chosen to reveal his life-altering love to us in the humble manger of Bethlehem.
On this fourth Sunday of Advent we will see Charlie Brown dealing with the chaos of Christmas, and we’re going to explore how we might find divine direction for our lives in times of similar deep disarray.