Thanksgiving Shadowed by Black Friday — Daily Meditation Moment

November 24

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met” Matthew 6:33 (The Message Bible)

Towards the end of November, and appropriately before the frenzy of Christmas, we have a chance to look at our lives through the lens of gratitude. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day gets little press because of the hype for Black Friday—the one day a year merchants hope to get out of the “red” and to make a lot of money. TV news reporters add to the chaos by interviewing crazy shoppers camping out in front of Best Buy for days before Thanksgiving. And, if we don’t put on TV and newspaper ad blinders, we can get caught up in wanting, rather than being satisfied with what we have or what we need.

In the Matthew 6 passage, Jesus tells about how we fuss too much about how we look and what’s on the table. Then he reminds us that birds are “free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description…” and how we count far more than birds. I guess that means we should relax in the Lord and become unburdened by all the conveniences of life, including the newest coffee machine that does everything but pour the coffee into your mug.

Lord, help us remember to be thankful every day of our lives for your love and grace. Amen

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