Roast Preacher for Sunday Dinner!

Once again, yet another of our traditional American holidays took a “hit” as a number of merchants moved up the opening of their stores to earlier on Thanksgiving evening, rather than wait until it was “officially over” at midnight! The oldest American holiday officially invaded by shoppers!

No one can “celebrate or ruin” a traditional holiday quite like we Americans!

Just when you think everything that can be done has been done to mess up a cozy holiday family get-together, someone comes up with a new idea and it spreads like wildfire. And these days, it’s increasingly, nearly always, more about buying the latest gadgets and things to “make us happy”.

Every Thanksgiving holiday, whenever I’ve been able to be in or near my hometown Galveston, my family and I have enjoyed taking a “slow train” drive down the Boulevard in Galveston late Thanksgiving evening just before dusk … all the way down to the East Beach jetties. Yesterday, the weather was perfect – with just enough clouds in the western skies to make the sunset alive with splashes of gold, pink, orange and muted shades of purple. Watching the gulls and pelicans soar– and the tiny sand pipers foraging for food across the beach, checking out the latest wildflowers on the sand dunes, and hearing the sound of the waves can bring a sense of peace and restoration like nothing else can. In fact, ever since I turned sixteen and could drive, this has been my favorite place to spend time with the Lord.

Fast forward one day to late Friday evening, and needing to run a simple errand for pet food, we got stuck in the middle of the traffic jams and frenzy of all the shoppers. We drove past a huge Suburban so totally loaded with stacks and stacks of boxes that the man, pushing and shoving with all his might, couldn’t get another package inside! The people with him were guarding another dolly piled high with more items, while one of his friends was on the phone – “calling for help?”!!!

Surely, by now, you’ve seen videos of the shoppers pushing and shoving, fighting each other and screaming, like stampeding cattle to get “the best buys”!

”And the ones (seeds of the Word of God) sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” (Mark 4:18, 19, AMP Bible)

And now – it’s your turn to comment … considering the two extremes presented above, what does this say about Thanksgiving, 2012? 2013?…2014???

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