Black Friday

The term "Black Friday" screams from the TV, newspapers, radio and online. The day after Thanksgiving begins the unofficial "holiday shopping season," the time of year when retailers move from operating "in the red" (at a loss) to "in the black" (at a profit). Stores are now opening at midnight, even 10 pm the night before, offering crazy low prices to lure customers in hoping they'll spend lots of money. 

I can't help but think of another "Black Friday," a day when the greatest price was paid for the greatest gift ever given. 2000 years ago, an innocent man gave His life so that others might live. Jesus, God the Son, left His heavenly home, to be born into an ordinary family and live an ordinary life in an ordinary town, until He began His extra-ordinary ministry on earth. For 3 years, He healed the hurting, taught those who would listen, and preached the truth to all. The conclusion of His time on earth was paying the price for the sins of the entire world, past, present, and future, and providing the gift of eternal life to any who receive it. 

Now that Thanksgiving Day is over, let's continue to live with thanksgiving in our hearts. 

Thank you Lord for paying the debt we owe. Thank you for rising from the dead in victory, giving us the opportunity to live in victory. May we keep You as our focus in the days and weeks to come, and be ever ready to share the real reason for the season. 


Robin said...

Beautifully expressed Susan. Thank you for the lovely reminder, it really blessed me! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

lynnmosher said...

Amen, Susan! Awesome thought! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Blessings to you!

Robin Prater said...

Wonderful post, Susan. Just beautiful words to share. Thank you.

Blessings to you,

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Thanks for your comments. And thanks for always blessing me ;D
I run this post every Black Friday to help me keep this all in proper perspective!

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Susan,

Nice to stop by again and hear your thoughts. :)

I am so sorry, by the way, that I forgot to mail out your book. That is deplorable and I will try to get that out this week.

How did your Thursday MOPS talk go, a few weeks ago?

Jennifer Dougan

Rhonda Schrock said...

Amen to that! We did participate a little this year, not because we wanted to join the hype, but we had a mission.

Anyway, I didn't like some of the yucky stuff I felt while we were out and about. I can see why folks get swept up and spend more than they should.

What a great twist on Black Friday!