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DAY 28: BLACK FRIDAY BLUES

SHOPPING CART - back off (boxing gloves-horn)
 
 
And now for the LEAST thankful day of the year…
 

Twas the day after Thanksgiving when all through the land

Not a creature was resting, child woman or man

With tummies still bloated from yesterday’s feast

They rose before dawn to tackle the beast

 

Some camped out on sidewalks instead of their beds

While “get-one-free” iPads danced in their heads

Moms in their spandex and dads in their sweats

Would fight to the death for the best bargains yet!

 

When finally the doors were flung open wide

To let the great horde of shoppers inside

They dashed and they darted, zigged and they zagged

To trample the rest, their treasures to bag

 

Yet what to their wondering eyes should appear

But “SORRY WE’RE SOLD OUT” signs far and near

They reeled back in horror to hear the clerk say,

“Our Black Friday sale started…yesterday!”

 

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November 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM Leave a comment

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTIONS

Friday regrets...

Ever given any thought to the disciples’ state of mind on Good Friday?


My guess is the word “good” never occurred to them.

Their Lord brutally killed. The movement He started demolished. Their own hearts weighed down by the shame of deserting Him just when He needed them most. Good?  There are a thousand adjectives they could have used to describe that day, but I doubt that “good” was among them.

Or was it???

If Friday was as far as it went, that would be another story. We might be calling it Bad Friday. Or worse yet, not calling it anything at all. If Jesus had merely died, but not be raised, this day in history would be a footnote at best, a sad tribute to a misguided religious leader who met a tragic fate.

But as Tony Campolo is fond of saying…it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.

Jesus’ victory over death made all the difference. It turned an unspeakably bad day into a setup for the most pivotal, and truly good day in history. It also completely changed the disciples’ perspective. Suddenly this was not a day which doomed them to endless shame and despair, but the springboard to the greatest joy and purpose-filled living they’d ever known.

How about you…how are you feeling as Easter approaches? 

Are you feeling like the disciples, like you’ll never ever get it right, so you may as well give up? Or are you simply having trouble connecting with the story of Easter and feeling guilty about your lack of passion or conviction?

Wherever you find yourself today, take heart. That’s exactly what Jesus died for. He died for all of our regrets and every single bit of “missing the mark” we may have done, in every single area of life we may have done it. With His own blood He purchased the pardon for all the half-heartedness, insincerity, and apathy that has ever darkened our hearts, and His resurrection from the dead gave Him the authority to set the captives free, restore sight to the blind, and proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.

So whether you find yourself rejoicing over the coming Easter Sunday or shrinking back in Black Friday despair (or anywhere in between), I hope these three words will bring joy, release, and freedom to your heart:

HE…IS…RISEN!

 

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