On this date 70 years ago the first Peanuts comic strip was published. Charles Schulz would go on to draw nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips before his death in February 2000. I have loved the Peanuts since I was a kid. Perhaps predictably, Snoopy is my favorite character, with Linus coming in a close second. I never really grew out of it. Schulz’s simple images have continued to speak to me throughout my life.
In a way, the Peanuts is a series of parables. Schulz’s simple stories carry with them a twist that speaks to more complex issues of adulthood. In his lifetime Schulz identified as a fundamentalist Christian and a secular humanist. Through the voices of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the thoughts of Snoopy, Schulz explored unrequited love, depression, anxiety, faith, and sometimes the meaning of life.
Snoopy reminds us that sometimes when we feel like things are meaningless, we have to get back to the basics. For Snoopy, the basics include Charlie Brown showing up with supper.
Supper doesn’t fix everything, but it can be a good start. We have slogged through isolations, online classes, and the weirdness of COVID-19. The last time we were able to share a meal at Trinity Commons was in March. So I am really excited that this Sunday we will offer supper following the service. It won’t be the way we usually do it, we will have to be physically distant, the meals will be to-go style and with disposable utensils, but we can gather together to find meaning in worship and through sharing a meal.
I hope to see you this Sunday at 6 pm for worship with supper following. Remember to wear a mask. You can join us at Trinity Commons or on Zoom (bulletin).