780th Brigade Chaplain: Thought of the Week for the 2nd week of December 2018

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Cyber Family,

This Christmas, for the 54th consecutive year, the television show, "A Charlie Brown Christmas", was broadcast on a major network to a national audience. It's still as good as it ever was. It's interesting that the scene that stole the show almost didn't happen. Do you remember it? As the gang is preparing for their local Christmas play, everyone gets mad at Charlie Brown for buying a pitiful, almost hopeless, tree. Dejected, he says, "Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I don't know what Christmas is all about." And he cries out: "Is there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Linus says, "Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about." He then steps center stage and recites the Nativity story from written in Luke chapter 2 of the Bible. It's the account of the angels appearing before the shepherds to announce the birth of Christ.

When network executives previewed the program, they objected: "You can't read long passages of the Bible on broadcast TV; you'll lose your audience." Peanuts creator Charles Schultz was adamant. He said, "If we don't tell the Christmas story, who will?" The scene stayed in, and it turned out that the network executives were wrong. After the program aired, critics praised Linus' reading, calling it the "dramatic highlight of the season."

Schultz has a point. One which every person would do well to consider. I'm referring to more than merely repeating the sequence of events found in the books of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. I'm referring to proclaiming the message of the season. The meaning of it all. Don't miss the point of Christmas...many do.

In the coming days you may encounter a Charlie Brown, beaten down and discouraged, who wonders what this season, or life itself, is really about. Be sure to let them know.

God bless,

CH McVey

Chaplain Gregory S. McVey
CH (Maj.) U.S. Army
Brigade Chaplain
780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber)

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