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Advent Daily Devotional: December 18

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December 18 by Seth Spillman

Reading: Luke 2:13-15

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So I’m a bit “bah humbug” when it comes to Christmas. I love Jesus, but I struggle a little with his birthday. I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Much like ol’ Chuck, I struggle with getting into the Christmas spirit while surrounded by the commercialization of the holiday (“it’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know”). It can be hard not to get cynical or just flat burned out by the frenzy of it all. There’s also the grief that comes on so strongly this time of year as so many of the special childhood memories of Christmas are tied to loved ones who are no longer with us.

That’s why I love Linus and his Luke 2 monologue. I’ve seen it year after year, but that moment when he walks on stage, asks for the lights to be dimmed and distills the meaning of Christmas down to the these few simple verses that so wonderfully convey the joyful moment of our Savior’s birth… it always gets me.

May that joy be our focus this Christmas season. After all, “that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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