Sometimes I just have to laugh. The Lord has such a subtle sense of humor at times. Tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving, Americans will participate in a mass ritual of crass commercialism. They’ve chosen to call it Black Friday. What an apt description for the day’s activities.

It comes 2 days before Advent, the coming of light into the world, and a day after Thanksgiving, when we celebrate God’s abundant generosity to us. In between the day of thanks and the day of light, we have the day of obsessive materialism, called the day of blackness.

Sometimes I just have to laugh.