If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Tim. 6:8 (ESV)

So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:31-33 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, they should have called it Black Thursday this year, because before we even had our Thanksgiving coffee, the stores were beckoning shoppers with huge savings on giant TV’s, and incredible markdowns other stuff. And I awoke today with more cyber deals in my email inbox than I can possibly shake my credit card at.     

     I judge no one, Jesus, for I am as spoiled and covetous as anyone. I thank you that I’ve never had to be concerned about what I’ll eat, drink, or wear; and I happy that tons of people will get some really great deals the next few days.

     But on this Black Friday, I’m especially grateful for Good Friday, and what you accomplished for us by your life, death, and resurrection. It’s only because of you, Jesus, that we know God as Abba, Father—the God who knows our every need and answers before we ask; the King who gives us all things, richly to enjoy and to freely share; the Lord who satisfies our hunger, slakes our thirst, and clothes us—not only with cotton and wool, but in your righteousness and grace. We are wealthy beyond measure and deserving.

     As we begin the season of Advent this Sunday, grant us grace for seeking your kingdom first; and our fiefdom of self, last. Rather than spending more money and worry on ourselves, where would you have us invest our time and treasures, talent and tears? Free us to love and serve others with joy, with the same generous love and sacrificial care you lavish on us. So very Amen we pray, in your grace-full and glorious name.