Photo Friday: Black Friday

First in line at Best Buy in Aiea are, from left, Kyleen Krugh, Chevas Miyashiro, Zachary Fletcher, Latoya Artis and Adam Pobrero. At around 2:30 p.m. the group said grace before partaking in their Thanksgiving meal.

From green beans and creamy mashed potatoes to cheap flights and great deals, millions of Americans, 247 million to be exact, found time this past Black Friday to make the most of retailers’ door buster deals and promotions, both in stores and online.  Many Americans stood in line for hours to be first in the stores.  These lucky few managed to observe Thanksgiving while in line at a Best Buy in Hawaii.  With stores opening at 7:00pm on Thanksgiving Day, what is the point of celebrating Thanksgiving?  Has it become a prequel to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… and now Thanksgiving Thursday?  Have we as a consumerist society lost the true value of family time and the meaning of thanks?

For me Thanksgiving is a relaxing time spent with Ohana (family) and friends where we share a nice meal and enjoy each other’s company.  Where I can reflect on the year and appreciate everything and everyone in my life.  Especially the big man watching from above!  Thanksgiving is where I can acknowledge God, and thank Him for His profuse blessings and lessons He has taught me.

The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:5-6).

Throughout the holiday season whether that be having a nice meal with family and friends, going shopping at three in the morning, or singing songs by the fireplace, do what makes you happy and what is important to you and your family.  But always keep in your hear the meaning of thanks and always be grateful for the joys that surround you.

-Zak

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