In A Charlie Brown Christmas, there’s a conversation between Charlie Brown and Lucy. Charlie Brown says, “Actually Lucy, my trouble is Christmas. I just don’t understand it. Instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down.” And Lucy later responds, “Incidentally, I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want.” What’s revealed in this conversation is profound. They are both disappointed with Christmas because they didn’t get what they really wanted. This also happened over 2,000 years ago. The Israelites were eagerly expecting their Messiah and when he was born, they missed the point. Just like Lucy, they were disappointed because they didn’t get what they wanted. The same can be said about many of us. Instead of feeling hope, peace, joy and love, we feel depressed, busy, and empty by focusing only on the gift exchange, family gatherings, and caroling. Hope, peace, joy, and love are not found in the festivities, it is found in Christ. His birth changed the world, and for all who believe, he also changed our purpose. This Christmas, let us focus on Christ and what his birth means. Merry Christmas!

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