I remember last year being shocked by all the Black Friday stuff, that was when I lived overseas and the scale of the consumerism was sickening. This year my place of living may have changed back to Britain but that sick feeling Black Friday phrase gives me has not.
I’ve never really understood how a day of Thanksgiving for all we have in our lives is then overshadowed by the need to go out and buy more, get more, possess more. It makes me wonder about the sincerity of the thanks.
I cannot help but see the name of Black Friday as one of the truest- the darkness of greed. The negative feeling of despair from debt from wants, wants and more wants. The bleakness of images of people fighting not over a loaf of bread to feed their family or a sack of rice to sustain them but the latest, hugest, flatest screen or some other peripheral so needed in life you would fight for it.
But my Friday is not going to be Black, its going to be about light, hope, brightness. I will be part of the Buy Nothing Friday and I will seek out ways to bring a blessing, be a blessing and celebrate again the thankfulness in my life for all I have.