Your Black Friday Prayer

26 Nov

shopping mallI have experienced Black Friday.  It began way before any human should be awake.  It began in a line that was so long that it wrapped around two sides of the store.  I wish that I could say that it got better.

I picked up the few items that I was buying, and then headed towards another extremely long line.  Two young women were in line right behind me.  One of them had a cart with various odds and ends, while the other was attempting to move a television box that was bigger than her.  I couldn’t help but listen to their conversation.

“This television is such a great deal.”

“Yes, it is.”

Silence.

“What are you going to do with it?”

“I don’t know.”

“You already have one.”  Silence.    “You don’t have anywhere to put it.”

“But it is such a good deal.”

The conversation ended, but the point was so clear.  I actually hung around just to see what would happen.  In the end, the television won, and all humanity lost another round to American consumerism.  As Black Friday approaches, many of you will brave the long lines, and mass chaos.  Here is a simple prayer that can help you come out on top.

 

Black Friday PrayerDear Lord,

 You are Lord of all that I have – including my money.  Today, my shopping is under your control.  Help me to use discernment while using my money.  Help me to spend only what I have, that I might be free from the bondage of debt.  May I remember that your call to generosity extends beyond my family, but to the “least of these.”  May your Spirit guide me, and not greed.  May I not believe the lie that possessions will bring me or my family happiness.  May I not attempt to earn the love of others through gifts.

 May my day be filled with your love, your joy, and your peace.

 Always and forever yours,

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