Charles Shultz, often conveyed a message in his Peanuts comic strips. In one strip he conveys through Charlie Brown the need we have to be loved and through Lucy our inability to love one another.
Charlie Brown and Lucy are leaning over the fence talking to one another:
Charlie Brown: “All it would take to make me happy is to have someone say he likes me.”
Lucy: “Are you sure?”
Charlie Brown: “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?”
Charlie Brown: “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 Charlie 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?”
Charlie Brown: “And then I’ll be happy!”
Lucy: (Lucy turns and walks away saying) “I can’t do it!”
What Lucy can not do, God does.
What Charlie Brown needs, lost and alone as he is, God gives him again and again.
God loves you and me and is telling you and me today, “I love you!”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
Thanks for the help of Brett Blair with these words.