Thanksgiving/Black Friday Reminder…

Wouldn’t it be great if the shoppers saw this in the holiday windows?

I’ve written many times about the paradox of these two days, Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

My favorite quote on this paradox comes from my preacher friend, David Weber:

“Americans stopped for awhile yesterday to give thanks for what they have, then rose this morning, early, and left the house, praying ‘But it’s not enough.'”

What would it take for us to stop saying, “It’s not enough?”
What would it take for us to believe what the sign says?

It seems to me it’s a true spiritual movement. It’s understanding deeply just how blessed we are.

Let’s say it this way: If you are reading this blog, there’s a very good statistical chance you are among the wealthiest people in the entire world. And yet, time and time again, so many of us fail to realize this.

We focus on what we don’t have.
We focus on what others do.

But focusing on God’s message of just how blessed we are can help open our hearts…to become happier and more content in our own lives…and more willing to share our blessings and gifts with others.

So, some reminders of previous writings I’ve done on this day.

First, a Thanksgiving Meditation from a few years back.

Then, a meditation on Why I Don’t Shop Black Friday.

Finally, a song of Thanks for you all.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed and safe, and may you be able to “see the signs.”


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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