SEVEN years have passed since I wrote about the moment Linus drops his blanket, and since then we have all lived through moments of fear and insecurity. As we wrap up another year and prepare for a new one we have to ask whether we are still holding on to those false securities and fears, or have we learned to drop the blanket and trust in the angelic message to “Fear Not!”?
What is your story? What is your blanket?
I am amazed and honored that Drop the Blanket is the most read Christmas blog on one of the most read Christian websites, that it has been used in Christmas Eve sermons across the globe, and it seems to be entering the realm of Christmas tradition for many people. But my true desire is for it to become a daily reminder of how we can live and handle fear everyday, especially when it is hard to do so.
I realize this story matters because we can all relate.
We all have a fear that needs dropped.
We all have anxiety and we all struggle to trust in God when we want to desperately fix things ourselves.
We need to hear the message of Christ every year (if not every day) to remind us that we are loved, and not alone.
As for my story, this year started off frighteningly difficult. Proverbial rugs have been pulled out from underneath me, and my family experienced unforeseen changes, fear and uncertainty about the future. Yet we continued to trust in the God who can raise the dead, and came to earth to save us from our sins and our fears. The future is in his hands, and it always has been.
It was summer of 2018 when God moved us from scary uncertainty to normal uncertainty as our close knit Houston, TX family spread out across the country! Some of us moved for work and school to Virginia, and the rest of us made a move to Colorado, where we are adjusting to mountain life, and enjoying regular hikes in the Rockies.
For many of us it has been a year of natural disaster, with many still far from recovered from damage wrought by storms larger than any we have seen before, and fires larger than we could imagine.
But nonetheless, letting go of that security blanket every day is important. Trusting that Christ is bigger than the things that we are afraid of is important. Releasing fear and grasping to faith is important. I need to do it. We all need to do it, and we will all be better for it.
My earnest prayer for you this Christmas and in the year to come is that no matter what you may face, you will be able to daily Drop the Blanket and Fear Not.
How you were able to Drop the Blanket in 2021? What fears tried to hold you down?
Share in the comments or message me on facebook. I would LOVE to hear how you have dropped whatever blanket you have been carrying! God uses us to encourage one another.
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24 thoughts on “Why Drop the Blanket Matters…”
All the years I seen this show I never noticed him dropping his blankie and it just made me so cry and really understand my blankie and how many I dropped and how often I picked them back up to like he did so I need to work on leaving my dropped blankies at the cross. Thank you for this inspiration…. Deb
I’ve never paid any attention to him dropping his blanket. The one thing that always struck me is that he wraps it around the base of the tree. It’s symbolic of his offering.
I would have to agree. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for posting this. That is amazing!!! My family has been watching A Charlie Brown Christmas for a long time and I never noticed that. I love it! So encouraging and inspiring!! I went through depression last year and thought I would never get out of it. But that was not true. God Almighty delivered me from it! That was my security blanket that I dropped last year. Let me encourage all of you who have been through or are going through depression that it will not last! God is working for your good through it! It may be hard to see that in the middle of it but God is right there with you and He has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 I’m praying for you all that whatever struggles any of you may be facing both big and small that you will drop your security blankets and live in the everlasting joy that God has given us by sending His only Son for us. This year I have worried about the next stage of life and weather I can handle it! But I just need to trust in God and drop my security blanket! Thank you so much this post is a great reminder!!! “ “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5 -6 “ “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Grace, thanks for sharing! I have also learned the lesson of Ephesians 3:20 – that God is capable of doing more than we ask or imagine, and our hope, trust, and faith will not be shaken when placed in Him alone! May you have a wonderful 2019!
In a world of addiction we certainly need to hear this message. I have read in Christian books and articles that there are , I believe, hundreds to thousands of “fear nots” in the Bible. Those words are powerful and precious in freeing so many people to live their lives with the courage and strength that comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ. From the birth of Jesus to His death And resurrection, everything He does reassures us that we do not have to fear anything for He is with us. Trust and obey are my key words to bring me into His presence and when I am there I fear not!
Thanks for sharing these thoughts! It is true that ‘fear not’ appears multiple times in Scripture. Yet, it is the hardest thing for us to do! This is where faith comes in – knowing that God is firmly in control, and although we may not understand, we have no need to fear.
My son is on the heart transplant list and knows the list has more than a million people on it. He is praying that he is able to drop his blanket like Lionel to take away his fears. Not only for the fear of dying but for his four young children’s ability to live without him. His 5 yr daughter asking if he will be alive for her birthday and then sobbing when he can’t promise it.
This is a wonderful story which reminds me of driving thru the desolate country of north west Nevada, shortly after losing my wife and there was God in all his spender. His appearance changed my whole life and I have been able to deal with the loss of my dear wife of almost 67 years and it has been a blessing. I will always look upon Charlie and his friends differently now.
Jason, I guess I always saw him drop his blankie, but it never dawned on me the correlation between it and the lines that followed!! THANK YOU for sharing as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. As Tom said, we look upon Charlie and the gang differently now. I always loved seeing this, but now will be in a different light! Happy Thanksgiving, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Such wonderful stories! Thank you all for sharing these here. It is an honor to hear your thoughts and experiences!
At 72, I finally dropped the fear of saying yes to my children to come and live with them. We are selling my house in California and will start a new venture in Tennessee. Much to do before that becomes a reality; however, the good Lord has shown us the way and provided for our needs as we trust His timing and direction. Praise God!
Wow! Such a major change! Thank you for sharing that story here, and prayers for your move. I once lived in middle Tennessee – its a beautiful state!
Thank you for sharing this hope with the world! Reading it early this morning, with tears running down my face, changed my outlook for today. He speaks to me in different ways. Charlie Brown is a first!
Blessings on you, dear man of God
It is always amazing what things God will use to speak to us! Thank you for sharing your story here!
Dear Jason, thank you for reminding me, of gods sovereignty. How easy it is to fall into old habitual fears. Talk about really paying attention, like wow
“Linus’s blanket” truly inspirational for all ages. This is the moment we need to dig deep into the Bible so that we regain our trust in god who creates everyday from the day of birth, how we should live life.
A turning point for me I struggle, with leaving my comfort zone, recently divorced and totally never really living my life as god expected. Feeling like I was in a box allowing someone else to open when needed.
Thank you for reminding me that fear is nots gods path for us, but faith, love ,trust, and inner peace.
Sarahjean, thank you for sharing this major life struggle with us. Praying for you to see God’s love and hope as your walk through this season.
Thank you for the story that is the long story thank you very much and god bless .
I also never noticed the drop the blanket and the meaning behind it. Now that you’ve brought it to light I think something of equal or even more importance is what Linus does next. When Linus throws his blanket, his fears around the bottom of the tree like throwing them all at the base of the cross! Amen?
Thank you! May you have a blessed Christmas!
So true. Amazing how much symbolism can be right there is a cartoon! A beautiful story of redemption and worship.
Thank God for your insight. Also, thank you for sharing. Yes, I had tears running down my cheeks also. In these uncertain times we need a strong faith more than ever. Your writing has touched my heart this early morning 💕
Barbara, Thanks for commenting! I am so thankful that God’s love and mercy are as reliable as ever in an ever-changing world. May you and yours have a blessed Christmas!
Thankful for this. Merry Christmas, and God bless!