The origin of the term "Black Friday and thoughts on Good Friday...
Things are not always what they seem.
In 1864, newspapers coined the name “Black Friday” for a stock market crash. Now the term is used for the biggest shopping day of the year when retailers turn a profit—or go “in the black.”
Black Friday is good for retailers, but not so good for those consumers who overspend due to the false sense of urgency merchants create.
I cannot help but compare Black Friday to Good Friday. It also has a good and bad side.
Good Friday was bad for Christ who suffered excruciating physical and spiritual pain on a bloody cross. But it was good for all of us for whom Christ died.
That Friday we received treasure far beyond our budget, but we didn’t have to spend a dime…the price was paid for us.
The message of Good Friday should make us thankful throughout the year, even on Black Friday.
copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2012