What I’m wondering is when the celebration of a holiday like Thanksgiving became less about the actual holiday and more about the shopping afterwards. Maybe I’m old fashioned but this doesn’t seem right to me.
The experience will be repeated again very soon. In Canada the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. This is another day that people line up in the early hours of the morning to be among the first to scoop up the bargains being offered. Every year media reports tell of fights among the shoppers. In some cases there are even injuries!
These events occur immediately following holidays celebrating thankfulness, joy and peace on earth. Something is wrong with this picture. Somewhere our priorities have become messed up. Shouldn’t we be enjoying time with our loved ones and not fighting strangers over purchases?
Instead of Black Friday I prefer to focus on Good Friday. The greatest gift ever given didn’t come from a store. It was when Jesus gave his life for me. When God sent his son so that we may have life abundantly, he wasn’t referring to material possessions.
As I enter the Christmas Season I choose to focus on the reason we celebrate. Jesus is the embodiment of God’s love for all mankind. He taught us that we should love our neighbours as ourselves. For me, this love is the best gift I can give and receive not only today but every day.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 NIV)