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Ugly Black Friday secret

The leftovers are eaten and Thanksgiving is a memory now. I pray we remember it fondly and that we took advantage of the holiday.

Thanksgiving is a hallowed day in the pantheon of holidays. Sadly, though, it is being forgotten.

Retail rules the landscape and in their world, Thanksgiving is a non-profit enterprise.

The repugnant “Black Friday” is now trampling Thanksgiving by beginning a day earlier. People lose all evidence of sanity and become wild animals, attacking one another just to get a new phone or toy.

Americans are a hypocritical people. We criticize the government for spending money they don’t have and endangering the existence of our nation. Yet, Americans live on credit cards and refuse to save money in their insatiable hunger for materialism.

Speaking of hypocrisy, too often God’s people complain that sinners ignore God when we often do the very same thing.

God’s people should have 365 Thanksgiving days a year.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4, NKJV).

Our entire existence in Christ is brimming with blessings (Ephesians 1:3). God’s people should be exuberant with praise for our blessed Lord. Everywhere we look, we see God’s glory.

Nevertheless, we are like the lepers who did not come back to thank God for their healing (Luke 17:12-19).

* God gives us everything (Matthew 6:25-34), and we complain that we have nothing. * God never leaves us (Hebrews 13:5), but we sigh that God is nowhere to be found. * God provides all the answers (2 Timothy 3:16-17), but we lament that God doesn’t help us.

We need to shed the materialism of the world and return to the Word before we forget what Thanksgiving really means. Thank God daily and he will bless us constantly.

–Richard Mansel @ www.forthright.net

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