Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Like Charlie Brown, I struggle with the meaning of Christmas. When my kids were little, it was an amazing celebration of family and feeling good, a whole new experience of being a parent and the contentment of having a family. It rekindled my joy of Christmas from my youth which had disappeared as I became a young adult out in the world on my own. Life was good. Now, my children are out in the world, on their own, and I am on my Charlie Brown quest to find the meaning of Christmas. At least until grandchildren (hopefully) arrive. The birth of Christ? I know it’s a celebration of the event, not really the actual date, I can handle that. I celebrate every day that God sent his Son to us, and having a formal celebration for one of the defining events of our religion is important. So I will celebrate God’s gift to us. I also know we all have at our core a desire to help others, something Jesus told us to cultivate. Sometimes we call it the Christmas Spirit. I want that. But that means I have to move forward from my gift giving/receiving meaning of Christmas to the celebration-of-love meaning of Christmas. Love brings me peace, and a closer relationship with God. So I appreciate those days of Christmas past, and build upon them to create a season to nurture the Christmas Spirit of love, for all.

At the end of some tv shows, there is a half-second screen shot that says “Chuck Lorre Productions” followed by a paragraph of rambling text. We frequently hit “pause” and read them. After the Big Bang Theory this week was one I really enjoyed. You can find all of them at Here is the one from this week, #400:

“I've been told that if you change your mind, you change the world - or at least the way you experience it. Let's take a moment to examine that. The presumption is, if you thought the world was a hostile, ugly place filled with awful people doing awful things, that is what you'd see. Your mind would naturally seek out confirmation for its preconceived ideas (e.g., if you're intent on buying a red car, as you go about your day you'll see lots of red cars). If, however, you were able to sincerely change your mind and see that we are all God in drag, that we are the conscious aspects of a perfect universe which had to create us so we could bear witness and stand in awe before its loving magnificence, then that is the soul-shaking reality you'd be greeted with each and every moment of each and every day. In other words, it is entirely our choice as to what kind of world we live in. With a simple decision, we can suffer in the darkness or play in the light. We can be angry, frightened and enslaved, or loving, joyous and free.
I know. It's a toughie.”

Merry Christmas!

Terry Luce

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