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Did you go shopping yesterday? Yesterday was Black Friday, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season. Stores usually have some great deals, if you arrive early enough! Usually, crowds pack the stores and queue up to snatch up the door-buster specials. Then, on Monday, online shopping specials are available, at least in a normal year. However, I think some stores and web sites started their sales early this year because of the supply chain issues stemming from pandemic problems.
Rather than thinking of this as the start of the shopping season, maybe we should think of this time as the start of the Christmas generosity season. I mean isn’t that the reason we’re shopping? We want to be generous, right? Many churches and organizations also make special gifts of holiday meals or food boxes at this time of year.
A byproduct of generosity should be thanksgiving to God. Just listen to what 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 says, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (NIV)
So, in this season, be generous to others in Jesus name so that thanksgiving will flow to God.
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