Thursday, December 21, 2006

This is our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Isn't it cute? It certainly was easier to decorate than a bigger one :-) Plus, it doesn't detract from my favorite little nativity set. You should see the sceptical look on Joseph's face. It's like he's asking himself, "And just what am I supposed to do with HIM??!"

Actually, that's a question we each need to ask ourselves - Just what am I supposed to do with Jesus? Christmas is the perfect time to ponder that question. Nicole Nordeman sings a song that includes, in part, the following words:

"What if He takes His place in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love, and came in peace
But then the story ends
What then

"But what if you're wrong
What if there's more
What if there's hope you never dreamed of hoping for
What if you jump
Just close your eyes
What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise
What if He's more than enough
What if it's love"

I love that line, "what if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise." The Bible says, "Underneath are the everlasting arms." He holds us whether we recognize Him or not. What a beautiful picture.

Well, I still have presents to wrap and Christmas goodies to finish in the kitchen, but I wanted to share our Charlie Brown tree with you. And, speaking of Charlie Brown, there's a wonderful book called The Parables of Peanuts, by Robert L. Short, that you might enjoy. It was published in 1968, so I don't know how difficult it would be to find ... but it would be worth your while.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year