Today is the day when crazed people who have pitched their tents outside of their favorite store will receive the best deals. Today is the day when those who can shove the hardest, sift the fastest, and move the swiftest will acquire all 22 family members gifts by lunch! The Army, whose motto has been that they do more before breakfast than most people do all day, has nothing on Black Friday shoppers!
How did all of this start? (Full Article)
For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping –even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off except those working in retail.
The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.
In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet. (1)
As many of us shop this day in stores or online, let us remember another black Friday long, long ago.
Jesus had been up all night in court. He was slapped, mocked, spat on, whipped, and abused. Now He was hanging on a cross with two thieves. This action was being carried out by the Romans, but was initiated by God. Our lives are in the red. We are losing and have no way of gaining a profit on our own. Instead of the business closing, our lives are on the line. If we die with our spiritual account in the red we will eternally be absent from God in a place called Hell. However, God, loving us like He does, provided a way for us to come back into the black and have our debt removed. Jesus died. he was buried. He rose again on Sunday providing for our needs in a way we never could. (Start reading here.)
As you shop for those gifts, remember the greatest gift given.
As you help retailers find their way back to black, remember that God has provided a way for you also. May Black Friday remind us of our spiritual need before God.
Are you “in the black” with God?