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I love the Peanuts by Charles Schultz. I have adored those little hand drawn characters and their reflection of life as it is, which isn’t necessarily the way we want it to be,  for as long as I can remember.

I  have a vivid memory of the first time I watched “Snoopy Come Home”. My mom and I were sitting on our green sofa at the appointed time to watch the Peanuts television special. During the show, I got so upset when Snoopy left and Charlie Brown was bereft at losing his four-legged friend, that I broke down in sobs. My mom put her arm around me to console me, emphatically reassuring me that Snoopy would come home and everything would work out all right.

All this came back to me when I read a friends blog about her visit to the Charles Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. I, of course, call it the Snoopy museum, and visited it for the first time a couple of years ago. It’s a wonderful reminder of those adored characters, their creator and how they have stood the test of time because of our ability to relate to them in their humanity.

Who can’t help but relate to the ill-fated attempts at success, and love, by Charlie Brown? The irritation at the behavior of others, or the unrequited love of Lucy? Or, the fantastical flights of fantasy encapsulated by Snoopy’s Red Baron?

But, the character I have come to appreciate the most, of all the wonderful renditions of personality and behaviors that sprung from the mind of Schultz, is Pig-Pen.

This fabulous little character walks around with a cloud of dust he can never seem to quite shake, no matter how hard he tries. That dust is “from ancient civilizations” he says. He doesn’t seem to have a name other than Pig-Pen, and the only character that seems to accept him for who he is, dust and all, is Charlie Brown himself.

There was one time in particular that I remember when Pig-Pen was clean for about 5-seconds and during that time no one recognized him. He was so different, so clean that he didn’t even seem like himself.

Very often I think of myself, and others quite frankly, as spiritual pig-pens. We carry dust around ourselves from old habits, old behaviors, old attitudes that Christ has painstakingly washed off of us, only to have each one of us gather that dust from the “ancient civilizations” of our life before Christ around us again.

What’s amazing about God though, is that He sees us as clean as can be, to the point where we can hardly recognize ourselves. So, even when we see ourselves as spiritual pig-pens and are still working to clear away the dust and keep it from clinging to us, He sees us as who we truly are in Him and will bring us to the place where in His eyes we already are.

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24


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