This past Christmas marked the 50th anniversary of the beloved Christmas television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I am among those who love the Peanuts gang and still sit down with my family every Christmas holiday to watch their shows, including Linus’ famous oratory from the book of Luke.
We have the show on DVD, along with another Peanuts Christmas show, It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown. This sequel, though not as famous, has a line from Marcie that should be repeated to us all.
The scene is a classroom. Peppermint Patty, sitting in front, turns to tell Marcie that she will ask the teacher to let her be Mary in the Christmas program. Marcie replies that the teacher already offered her the part yesterday. But Peppermint Patty is not listening. She continues to talk about the story and how the angel Gabriel will come to visit her.
Marcie replies, “Why would the angel Gabriel talk to you? You never listen!”
Marcie’s words may strike a chord with us all. “Why would the angel Gabriel talk to you? You never listen!” Are we listening when God tells us to do something? To talk to the stranger, to visit a friend, to lend a hand? I know I am guilty of closing my ears so many times. But we can ask Jesus for His forgiveness and another chance. And who knows, if we are listening, perhaps an angel will visit us someday!
Today’s TEA CUPP: As you read your Bible and dig into God’s Word today, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and verses Jesus may have for you. Underline those verses and pray about what God is calling you to do next. Then reply as Mary did…
“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (NKJV)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Peanuts and Marcie and Peanuts Characters are trademarks of Charles M. Schultz.
It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is distributed by Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Company.