“Encourage one another and build each other up.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
In his book entitled, Short Meditations on the Bible and PEANUTS, author Robert L. Short had this to say about his dear friend, Charles M. Schulz - Cartoonist and Creator of the PEANUTS comic strip...
“As far as I know, he was the first to include actual quotes from the Bible in a comic strip. And Schulz knows the Bible very well – as well as any lay person I know and better than a lot of ministers. The study in his home could be a minister’s study, with its shelves of biblical commentaries.”
Mr. Schulz always considered his work more than a job, it was his calling. He once said, “If you do not say anything in a cartoon, you might as well not draw it at all. Humor which does not say anything is worthless humor. So I contend that a cartoonist must be given a chance to do his own preaching." In one single comic strip Schulz could give us an overview of a short parable or recap main points of a scripture verse. Take this example where Lucy, in her usual quizzical manner asks: “Why do you think we’re put here on earth, Charlie Brown?” Charlie Brown’s response was, “To make other’s happy.” Their interaction reminded me of the words found in Philemon 1:7, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”
In an article from the San Francisco Chronicle entitled, Saying Goodbye, writer Pamela Podger said, “Peanuts' lively cast of characters -- with their tales of small woes, triumphs and resolve -- touched nerves and reached intimate spaces. Schulz often said all his fears, insecurities and experiences were reflected in those four boxes.”
Emotions such as fear, insecurity, pain, sadness, as well as triumphs, joy, and happiness are part of our everyday life. Scripture tells us that in such times as these, we need to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and what better way to do just that than with a greeting card. I don’t know about you but sometimes I struggle to find the perfect words to say. Never fear, DaySpring has a card for any occasion, and any sentiment you may want to express. They have even taken the mixture of Schulz’s comics and faith, and used it to create their new Peanuts – Encouragement & Friendship line.
This assortment of ten premium greeting cards features inspiring messages, along with your favorite Peanuts characters. I’ve already sent out several cards because as soon as I opened the package and read the messages, a list of special friends came to mind. That happens to me a lot when I’m shopping for cards, especially when they are created by DaySpring. So if you happen to be strolling down the card aisle of your favorite store and see someone in tears or laughing out loud, it’s either me or another “card lover.” Give them a smile and a nod – they will understand!
Charles Schulz left us with a PEANUTS archive of nearly 20,000 comic strips ... his inspiration is endless. Other assortments in the DaySpring Peanuts line include: birthday, get well, thank-you, congratulations, all occasion assortment and holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Check out the DaySpring website for the cards mentioned in this post or to view many of their other products.
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Charles Schulz died on February 12, 2000. His comics encouraged us to encourage each other and laugh a lot. With the upcoming anniversary of his death, I would like to dedicate this product review to his memory.
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver
If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also enjoy my post entitled “It only takes a stamp.” http://peace2sparkle.blogspot.com/2011/02/it-only-takes-stamp.html
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