54 thoughts on “My Black Friday Prayer

  1. I sincerely appreciate – “Let us not give to those who expect…But rather those who need” I often get caught up people-pleasing rather than God-pleasing with the gift-giving pressure of the holidays (from those who ‘expect’). I’m so busy trying to please the ‘expecters’ that I rob myself of the time I’d rather be spending giving to those in need. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. A great message…badly needed. Thanksgiving day was so commercialized the true meaning was seemingly completely lost. How sad for a world who needs Christ…and doesn’t seem to know it.

  3. Thank you for your message. Our family has decided to donate to people of the Philippines rather than buying each other presents. Somehow we’ve got to get back the true meaning of Christmas.

  4. Reblogged this on We Just Look Up and commented:
    Black Friday is so ironic. We spend a whole day (theoretically) being thankful for our many blessings and then top it off with a mad dash to appease retailers who are selling us things we don’t need and probably, truth be told a year from now, don’t even want. We go from singing:

    Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
    All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
    God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
    Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

    to a chant of “Buy! Buy! Buy! More! More! More!”…..

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I like stuff. I like some stuff a LOT. But I’ve always tried to live by the mantra, “Love People, Use Things”. In this way, having ALS has made me rich. I don’t have many things (my computer is on the list of “stuff” that I really, really, but this list is short) but I have lots and lots of people to love!

    I saw this amazing post today with a Black Friday Prayer that I had to share! Please, share it with others. Unlike money, love multiplies when you give it away.

  5. Christ in us, the hope of glory.
    Well said. It captures God’s beautiful plan for the church. When will we quit squabbling about politics and start living like partakers of the divine nature? The world needs a tangible connection to God’s transforming love.
    Blessings, Kelly

  6. Oh I wish I had gotten a hold of this blog before Black Friday! Thank you so much – it’s exactly what is needed for our world today. I love your blog – will keep reading!

  7. sometimes, to keep peace in a dark house, one gives to the wrong people and end up feeling guilty as you walk by the needy with empty hands.

  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    This is a great and beautiful prayer. We need not give in to the Buy! Buy! mantra but Give and Give more.

  9. Hi there The River Walk,

    Amen to this! I think many of us, myself included, get lost in the thick of everything when this season starts creeping around and forget that the real point of gift giving isn’t about the gift but the GIVING. Celebrating God, loved ones, and relationships are the most important things about this season. Such a great poem/prayer, and a faithful encouragement and reminder to us that the primary reason for our being is to be a light and example of Jesus Christ. 🙂 I love the content here so far, and it is always a pleasure to meet fellow Christ followers!

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