• This is true Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving…Serving Others

    Our nation is reeling with higher prices, longer lines, and delayed products arriving at our doorstep. We have become accustomed to instant gratification only to find that old demon of frustration creeping into our lives, and Black Friday adds to that frustration. We have allowed the retail industry to follow Thanksgiving by a day that promotes greed, selfishness, unkindness, and dissatisfaction.  Could the enemy be any less pleased?    What are we teaching our children about life and godliness when we rise early to spend much? Do we teach our children to say please and thank you only to show by our actions that we are greedy and demanding? If…

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    Black Friday and Dark Hearts

    “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., is called that because it usually allows retailers to go into the black. But this year, the early morning shopping frenzy turned deadly. A Walmart employee was trampled to death by New York shoppers who broke down the door before dawn, anxious to get into the store and get their hands on the sale merchandise. The next day, the Dallas Morning News carried a short story providing analysis of why shoppers turned into killers. Fear of being unable to afford gifts drives shoppers to shop competitively The urge to snap up discounts can cause people to abandon their normal behavior When…