At my workplace, we were blessed to have for the 2nd year in a row, Thanksgiving lunch served to all of the employees who worked the 7am - 3pm shift, while dessert and beverage was served to the staff who worked the evening and night shift. For that we were grateful, and indeed kudos to the management and staff who worked collaboratively to make that a reality. Stores on the island who have caught on to the Black Friday concept over the years, offered their patrons discounts as high as 50%. Now that's great, especially in economically challenging times such as these. But here is the point that I wish to make though...
Thanksgiving day, Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday sales, and whatever else comes with the season are nothing if it does not have as its' focal point glad and reverent hearts lifted up to God in honor and praise for His goodness and all of His wonderful works towards the children of men.
I am certain that you will agree that life is short. It's full of many challenges, not to mention the way that things have evolved over time - from the day you and I inhaled our first breath in this world when we were born, right up to the day we will take our last breath when death comes knocking at our door.
And since no man knows the minute, hour, or the day when that would be, let us look at everyday as a day to give thanks unto God for His loving kindness, faithfulness, His unfailing and unconditional love towards us. And in the words of Maya Angelou, "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good."
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