Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

We invite you to join us each day from Friday, November 30 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013 for a Christmas season of daily devotions—our Christmas gift to you!  On Friday, January 4, 2013, we will resume posting one devotion each week.  –The MCC Writers

Black Friday

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15b (KJV)

It is a joy to see a child imitating good habits without being coaxed by an adult. It is even more fulfilling when we observe children applying something they learned in Sunday school or heard at church. Wendy was delighted when she overheard her young daughters singing some hallelujahs, in what sounded like part of the “Hallelujah Chorus” in Handel’s Messiah.

Wendy quietly approached her daughters’ room, wanting to savor, yet not interrupt, the precious moment. The concert became disconcerting, however, when Wendy was close enough to see and hear. The girls were dancing and twirling their pocketbooks as they sang words from the television commercial, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Black Friday!”

The kingdom of this world: Holiday shopping season is ushered in by Black Friday. Businesses advertise enticing deals in hopes to make record sales. They count on luring shoppers into their stores.  Shoppers, parking spaces, and dollars are counted. This is part of the way they top off the fiscal year, and in a month it will be over.

The kingdom of our God: The Christmas season focuses on our Savior’s birth. The Messiah gives rather than expects us to buy. He does not lure us with a bargain to benefit His account, but rather He beckons us to Him because He loves us and wants to shower us with His grace and mercy. When we accept His gift, we become spiritually rich for eternity, for He is the “King of kings and Lord of lords…forever and ever.”

Father, you are the “King of kings and Lord of lords!” We sing our hallelujahs to You this Christmas season. (Revelation 19:16).

© 2012, Nance

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