Black Friday is the term used by many to describe the shopping performed on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Some suggest the origin of the name “Black Friday” was begun by retailers. It is proposed that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year and made their profit during the holiday season, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving.

A common practice in accounting was the use of red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to record positive amounts. Under this theory, the retailers would be able to use black ink after the “Black Friday” sales.

During the “Black Friday” sales there appears to be money to be saved on some items. Therefore, some people look forward to this opportunity to shop, while others would choose to go the dentist rather than to expose themselves to this melee.

Often after the holidays the question is asked, “What did you get?” In response, child and adult alike goes through a list of treasures received from friends and loved ones. Some gifts are the wrong size or color and have to returned; other gifts are great, just the right size, exactly what we wanted. As wonderful as the received gifts may be, the Bible tells us that God gives the perfect gift.

   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

God is the greatest giver of all. God knows us and knows what we need. God knows us better than we know ourselves and He knows the perfect size, color and amount required.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

I have known of gifts, given and received, which were not appreciated and never used. It would be a shame, an eternal shame, to forego the greatest gift ever given. It would be a shame, an eternal shame, to abuse and misuse the greatest gift ever given. It would be a shame, an eternal shame, to “return” the greatest gift ever given.

Let us accept, appreciate and use the greatest gift given by the greatest giver.




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