When I think of Christmas there are so many images that come to mind, it is almost overwhelming at times. One of my greatest Christmas memories goes back to childhood as we waited for the TV Guide to come to the house so we can see when “Charlie Brown Christmas” would be on TV. The Charlie Brown Christmas Special has been my favorite since I was a little boy and is still my favorite to this day.
When I was a child I was not a Christian and really had no thoughts about God at all; Christmas was all about Santa and the presents. Even without Christianity as part of our Christmas celebration I was drawn to the speech that Linus gave as he quoted the Gospel of Luke and told the true Christmas story.
As I look back at those early days and the later years when I was involved in drugs, crime and so many things I cannot even mention, I now see where God was right there with me, guiding me towards His Son even while I was running so hard against Him. I can see how God protected me and kept me alive as He was preparing me for the next chapter in my life. I know that God allowed me to go through what I did to make me stronger to help others who struggle in life.
God pulled me up out of that pit of mud and mire as He says in Psalm 40: He set my feet on the Rock who is Christ and gave me this new song to sing. He has guided me through an incredible journey for 24 years as I sought to be closer to Him and to know His truth to the fullest. He gave me a vision and a calling to use my life and voice to stand up for the most vulnerable humans — those who live in the womb. There is nothing on earth that can separate me from knowing that God loves me and gave His Son to set me free.
While I may not have understood completely the message that Linus was sharing in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, God was using that to prepare me and plant a seed in my heart. I often still tear up when I see that scene in the show, and I pray that it will set a foundation in the hearts of my children also.
The greatest gift I can think of giving to all of you for Christmas is attaching a link to the video clip of Linus giving the Christmas message. I hope you will share this video with everyone you know and love.
I hope and pray this video will bless you, and I hope that the work of Stand True has blessed you this year.
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