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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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“God is very good to those who trust in Him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings.” – C.H. Spurgeon

I love the comic strip Peanuts and grew up watching the various holiday specials created by Charles Schultz. I have no idea how many times I have watched A Charlie Brown Christmas, but I’ll bet (like many of you) that I can recite most of the dialogue by heart.

I also love watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It was produced and animated by Bill Melendez and first aired on October 27, 1966, pre-empting My Three Sons in prime time. CBS originally broadcast the special with Coca-Cola and Dolly Madison serving as co-sponsors.

From Linus sitting alone in a field, awaiting the arrival of the elusive Great Pumpkin, to Snoopy crawling behind “enemy lines” after being shot down by the dreaded Red Baron, this 25-minute cartoon keeps me entertained – and laughing till I cry – each and every year.

Another classic clip from this TV special takes place when Charlie Brown, dressed in a ghost costume with far too many holes, goes Trick or Treating. Everyone else in his party gets a treat, such as a chocolate bar, but good ol’ Chuck gets a rock in his bag... at each and every house.

In the Bible passage below, Jesus teaches His disciples about how God the Father loves to answer the prayers of His children. You can rest assured that He never gives anyone a rock in their bag. So, my friend, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6) and bring them boldly to His throne of grace (Hebrews 14:6).

Now excuse me while I go watch Snoopy bob for apples…and kiss Lucy on the lips, giving her dog germs… and dance on the piano…

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:9-11 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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