Friends, today is the day after Thanksgiving. Sometimes this day is called “Black Friday.” From a retail industry perspective, now is the time to make the shortfall, catchup, get ahead and any other financial windfall necessary to break even, have a profit, or realize that this is the last hurrah for the business.
Growing up in a small business environment — Seven Seas Fish Market (Corpus Christi, Texas, @ the corner of Staples and Booty) our Black Friday was the week before and of Thanksgiving…where folks bought so many oysters for Oyster Stuffing, and on Good Friday (and days during the Lenten season) where fish was consumed in mass quantities. My siblings are remembering those days in the reading of this epistle and smiling or crying, or both. Hard work was on the daily agenda, and lots of it.
Most likely, I will not be at the malls looking for the right priced item for Christmas. I will most likely not be on the internet as well, trying to buy something…for the deal. I will most likely be lazily enjoying the day burning wood, eating leftovers, watching a movie or two from Netflix, or going to the movie theatre in Cedar Hill, or just chill’n out… Weather permitting, I will be tending the gardens, or putting out lights for Christmas…or Edna will have us decorating the tree and cleaning the house.
It is a time of preparation and expectation. Something is about to happen, again, Emmanuel—God with us.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent — two worship services. The messages will be of hope, expectation and preparation. We are singing songs, thanking God, preparing our hearts and dusting the cobwebs of our souls for what God is about to do, again.
The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NRSV)
Do not forget to be thankful for what God has done, is doing and promises to do. Life is precious and fragile. The Child to be born will offer us life, “more and better than they ever dreamed of.” John 10.10, The Message
There has been a Table prepared with plenty of place settings for everyone who enters. A grand Banquet is offered. I will be there. Thanksgiving meal is good. This meal is even better than that. You are invited. See you Sunday.