The day after Thanksgiving has become a cultural phenomenon called Black Friday. We've all seen those mad rushes to get the best sales of the year. While shopping is not a sin and gift-giving is a traditional and joyful part of Christmas celebrations, we as Christians should not get caught up in the materialism that drives it. Here is a prayer our team wrote to help bring the right attitude of heart into our seasonal shopping.
A BLACK FRIDAY PRAYER
Dear Lord, Grant that we may keep Your love on
our minds and hearts this Black Friday.
Help us to be patient in long lines,
to show kindness in crowds,
to have respect and selflessness
in all situations.
Grant us Your protection as we travel on this busy day.
Do not let the spirit of greed and consumption
overtake us this shopping season.
Let us remember to provide for someone’s needs,
and not just their wants.
Remind us to be thankful for all that we have;
especially the people in our lives
that we will be shopping for.
Help us to keep in mind that Christmas is about
the love that Christ has for us
and not just about giving and receiving gifts.
We thank you for the means and ability
You have given us to shop for our loved ones.
We pray for the wants of the poor and for those
who have no one to be with them this Christmas.
Grant us your love and mercy
throughout the entire Christmas season.
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