Black Friday is the day that retailers wait for all year long. It is the day that their financial bottom lines turn around.
Black Friday is not only the day for retailers, but it is a day for shoppers to find bargains.
I am amazed at what some folks are willing to do in order to save a few bucks and to feel like they are getting a good deal. Some camp out all night or arrive early and wait in long lines hoping to be among the first to arrive and gain the Black Friday benefits.
Many folks are so anxious for a deal that they become rude and obnoxious to other bargain hunters. There have actually been incidents of folks being trapped and hurt by folks seeking to save two or three dollars. How odd that the spirit of Thanksgiving so quickly erodes and passes.
Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give thanks for the blessings we have received. How strange that right after giving thanks we rush out to get more, oftentimes at the expense of pushing others so that we might get there first. Lord have mercy upon us.
This year I'm going to do things differently. Before I rush out into the crowded stores I'm going to spend some time asking the Lord of the Harvest to help us have Black Friday results in our Annual Conference. The Lord knows we could use some help with our bottom line in the Church and in our homes.
I invite you to join me in praying the following before you venture out into the shopping frenzy or hunker down in your most favorite online shopping position.
Here's how I'm praying:
"Thank you, Lord, for this season of Thanksgiving and for your abundant blessings.
Please show me /us how we can be conduits of your grace and love to those in need of Black Friday blessings.
Please send the gentle wind of your Holy Spirit to bring renewal within the IGRC and within our denomination. Help us, Lord, to put the needs of others above our own needs. Break our hearts with the things that break your heart. Give us new insights into how we might reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Amen."
Please join me in praying this same prayer or craft your own. I believe the Lord will hear and will honor our plea for help.
Have a great Thanksgiving and a productive Black Friday.