December 28 – Devotional: Giving Thanks

Ok, I know that I am going against the flow here, but I was once again disappointed. There used to be a time in our culture when we had some real holy days. These were days that were separated from other days and were clearly “different.” Take for instance, Sunday used to be one of those set apart days. You were not allowed to do certain things on Sunday. Most stores were not open as people took a Sabbath or break from their busy lives.
Coming of Black Friday

Over time that all began to change and now Sunday looks like any other day of the week. We also had other holy days that only came around once a year. The words “holy days” were combined into something we called a holiday. But now these holidays are really shopping days.

Take for instance, the recent Thanksgiving holiday. It used to be that Christmas shopping started on the Friday after Thanksgiving which was called, “Black Friday.” Many stores were even opening at midnight. But this year more and more stores did Black Friday on Thanksgiving Thursday. The Thanksgiving Holiday has been reduced to a thanksgiving holy-morning, because you have to get out there and shop.

So instead of protesting those retailers, we can choose to live a different way. Our culture was not called to be holy, but we have. Peter wrote in his letter that we are chosen, special and should live differently.

If you have been called into light, live in it and let your holiness be a beacon to a lost world.
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellency of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. “

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