Wednesday, November 26, 2014

whatever it shall cost us


It bothers me that Americans tend to celebrate Black Friday more than Thanksgiving these days. The one day that we have set aside to be thankful is becoming a day to get more. Want more. Please, let us remember the Pilgrims. They had nothing; and yet, they had everything. They had the gifts of God. They had courage. Hope. Faith. They went through the darkest of times. They lived in a ship -- a tiny, bone-chilling, vermin-infested ship -- for weeks and weeks. In the middle of an unsteady, violent ocean. And yet, their trust in our Father was steady. Perhaps it wavered -- in fact, I'm sure the faith of some wavered tremendously. But they continued believing. And despite the surrounding insecurity, they continued trusting.

The fact is this: they chose. They chose to live a miserable few months. And when they came out, with loss and hardship and memories of agonizing days and nights still clinging to their hearts... they were thankful. Truly thankful.

Why can we not be the same today? Why can we not place our focus on thanking and praising God rather than spending our Thanksgiving thinking and planning about what we are to purchase for a probably-good deal? Why can we not lay our heads on our pillows in peace instead of storming out after Thanksgiving dinner to buy more?

I understand that some may have less money than others. I understand that there is some good in Black Friday, on that aspect. I think my point is that the world disgusts me. And it's days like these that I have to be reminded of this quote from Lord of the Rings: "There is some good left in this world, and it's worth fighting for."

“O BEAUTIFUL FOR PILGRIM FEET,
WHOSE STERN, IMPASSIONED STRESS
A THOROUGHFARE FOR FREEDOM BEAT
ACROSS THE WILDERNESS!
AMERICA! AMERICA!
GOD MEND THINE EV'RY FLAW,
CONFIRM THY SOUL IN SELF-CONTROL,
THY LIBERTY IN LAW.”

– Katharine Lee Bates

5 comments:

  1. This is so true. I completely agree.

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  2. AMEN! It is hard to watch Black Friday slowly annex Thanksgiving for itself, but we live in an ironic world.

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  3. Your comments make me happy. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way!

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