November 26

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.” vs. 12

It’s a holiday weekend and, while many of us are with family and friends, some are not. For one reason or another, perhaps pandemic related, we haven’t been able to join in the feasting and football watching–we’re separated from those we love. Such was the case for Paul and his friends in Thessalonica–he wanted to be with them, but recurring imprisonments had kept him away. All he could do was write letters and tell them he was praying for them. It’s telling that his deepest desire was that the Lord would make them increase and abound in love for one another and for all. Times haven’t changed! That remains our desire for those that we love the most, and always we are praying for absent children and grandchildren, hoping against hope that they would be experiencing daily love and affection. Today, the day after Thanksgiving, has become known as Black Friday, and it signals the official beginning of the holiday gift buying season. Now it’s always better to give than receive, but sometimes things can get a little out of whack. The gift-buying frenzy shifts attention from those things that really count. It’s simply not true that the right gift will bring joy to recipients–humans just aren’t that shallow! We need prayers from others, and the precious gift of love. When we have these things we really won’t need anything else! 

Thought for the Day: How did Black Friday get to be a thing?

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