Friday, November 28, 2008
Thanksgiving vs Black Friday
I am struck by the great irony when you compare Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Thanksgiving is rooted in thanks to God for his providential care and keeping. Black Friday is rooted in unbridled consumerism. This past Lord's Day I preached from Psalm 107, called by the late James Montgomery Boice "The Pilgrims Psalm." Boice and others surmise that Psalm 107. was the text for worship the Sabbath before the Pilgrim's debarked form the Mayflower, given William Bradford's use of it in his history of Plymouth Plantation. Dear reader, as we leave Thanksgiving and approach Advent I ask you to consider the last verse of the Psalm, "Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord." God, in his great mercy, sent Christ as the savior of sinners, the real reason for thanksgiving and the real reason for hope and change.