Friday, November 26, 2010

Knowing God - Matthew 27:45

From noon on,
darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
Matthew 27:45
"I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black."
That old song seems appropriate for the day our country calls "Black Friday." Apparently we ate enough yesterday that we now have enough energy stored up to shop for a whole day.
As I write this – on Wednesday – I must confess ... I just finished shopping. It seems unavoidable in our American society. But do you remember the next line to that song? "It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back."
I am as guilty as anyone. Gluttony and greed define this weekend. I pray that I discipline myself instead to focus on a little more thanks … a little more giving … a little more family … and a little more faith.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who weighs three pounds more today
than I did yesterday
(it’s hard to dance with that on my back too!)

I admit, I am not familiar with the song he mentions.  And as we ate at a friend's house today, it was just another day. The kids were yelling, there was football on the tv ... no different than any other day. I may go shopping on the way to work tomorrow with 1-2 specific items in mind.  If it is too crowded, I won't.  This year I can't handle the noise and chaos of crowds and malls.  I will likely just melt into a puddle in the middle of the aisle and wail!  

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