The Gospel according to the Peanuts

Charles M. Schultz, Bantam Press, 1965

I’m taking a look at the Gospel According to Peanuts this morning.

In particular Linus and his blanket.

The Ministry team have been meeting at 930 am of a Sunday for a reflection together. This at the encouragement of our supervisor who we meet with each month for one hour.

The question asked of us to explore over the coming weeks was, what new freedoms have you discovered during the current restrictions?

It reminded me of our grandson Atticus and his blanky.

This item which was a t-shirt belonging to his mum, is something he took with him where ever he went.

If he became up-set he would find blanky and sit somewhere quietly and hang on to it, he would take it to bed with him and if uncertain about anything hang on to it for dear life.

He is a bit older now and is discovering different ways, new ways to manage stuff, blanky is still around but not seen as often, in fact rarely seen at all.

 It got me thinking about how I deal with stuff in the current situation we are in.

In the book by Robert Short, The Gospel According to Peanuts, based on the well know cartoon series, Peanuts.

Short describes the blanket, which belongs to Linus, one of the characters as, a portable security, a source of mental therapy and spiritual blotting paper soaking up fears and frustrations.

Linus describes his blanket as a yard of flannel that comes between him and a nervous break-down.

When asked by Charlie Brown what he would do when was too old to drag it around, Linus responded that he was thinking about having it made into a sports coat.

I’m now thinking about what my blanket is and maybe you are too?

Perhaps questions to consider.

Do we have a blanket?

What is it?

Do we need it?

What new freedoms are we discovering during the current restrictions?

This comic appeared in many newspapers.

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