I’m writing this article on so-called Black Friday itself, although many of the day’s ‘offers’ seem to stretch well beyond 24 hours. You may know that Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season with many shops offering substantial price discounts on goods.
The whole concept is now, of course, well established in the UK and elsewhere, albeit and perhaps sadly without any preceding day of thanksgiving. Somewhat ironic humour talks of Black Friday being in America when people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.
I understand that several stores in America bring forward their Black Friday opening hours into Thanksgiving Day itself to maximise selling / buying opportunities. Sadly the Boxing Day sales in this country often effectively commence on Christmas Day (if not before), particularly as a result of internet trading.
This all reminds me of the Lord’s complaint against those in Amos’ time who were asking “When will the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?” (8v5). Is our worship rushed to enable us to get on with our acquisitive lives? Is our thanksgiving limited by distracting, materialistic thinking? May no day for us be such a Black Friday, least of all Sundays! And may we seek to learn to be thankful and contented people.
Peace and Grace