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ACCEPTANCE: SUCH A SIMPLE THING


Charles Shultz, creator and author of the Peanuts cartoon characters often conveys a Christian message in his comic strips. In one strip he conveys through Charlie Brown the need we have to be loved and accepted. Lucy demonstrates our human inability to love one another.


Charlie Brown and Lucy are leaning over the proverbial fence speaking to one another:


CB: All it would take to make me happy is to have someone say he likes me.


Lucy: Are you sure?


CB: Of course I'm sure!


Lucy: You mean you'd be happy if someone merely said he or she likes you? Do you mean to tell me that someone has it within his or her power to make you happy merely by doing such a simple thing?


CB: Yes! That's exactly what I mean!


Lucy: Well, I don't think that's asking too much. I really don't. [Now standing face to face, Lucy asks one more time] But you're sure now? All you want is to have someone say, "I like you, Charlie Brown," and then you'll be happy?


CB: And then I'll be happy!


Lucy: [Lucy turns and walks away saying] I can't do it!


What Lucy cannot do, sinful as she is, God does. What Charlie Brown needs, lost and alone as he is, God supplies.

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