Black Friday on the Crazy Train!

The Prince of Darkness beckons you!

And who would be a better representative of this momentous day, other than Ozzie? The Prince of Darkness to promote this day. Come on out folks. Take your chances and board, ‘The Crazy Train,’ to shop on Black Friday!

Yes, I continue my rant. I can’t resist. I went to the Swap Shop on Black Friday. So, I’m not a legitimate, Black Friday, shopper. But I just had to get into the murky waters, of river rats, swarming to the malls.

Now, my son knows. I’ve given him the drill, “no yelling at bad driver’s,unless he’s driving. So, as is his custom, when he sees my tension rising because someone cut me off, etc; he touches my steering wheel and yells, “Moron!”

I go to the local Flea Market, to check out some things. I hate to pay full price for anything. And besides, I have a good friend, who works there. He lives solely from the proceeds, he brings in from selling things donated to him.

I  love the hunt that comes with looking for that certain thing, which is too ridiculous to buy at a retail store. Most people who go to bazaars and flea markets, know, it’s all about bartering.  I learned a long time ago, that people redecorate, and just get rid of things, which are in brand new condition. I’m not going to pay way more than an item is worth, just to say, “it’s new.” I don’t care about, “the story,” and I sure don’t care about impressing anyone.

Then the icing on the cake, confirmed every ill feeling I had about our new excuse to spend, Black Friday. I was watching the news, later. People trampling each other, and a woman, pepper sprayed a crowd, at a Walmart. Why? Oh, well, don’t you know? She had to get that X-Box. Well of course. Everyone, should have one. Honestly, I could have been watching, Wall Street, and the Occupy movement. It looked identical. Except in this case, a shopper sprayed other shopper’s. At least the 1%, stay at home with the $$$, until the chaos of the poor, greedy people, has subsided. While those in the media and marketing, who had created this blitz, probably sit back with their golden bowls of popcorn and watch in amusement. I’d think very similar to the gladiators, of old.

I watched with amazement, to see what greed, caused such actions. And it’s just this greed, which is the root of our problem in this country and in the world. The need for instant gratification. It’s not isolated to those in the top echelon of society. It all begins in the heart.

Yes, Ozzie was right. This is really, The Crazy Train! I’m sure not boarding. No one seems to notice, that, Black Friday, is just a new term, to turn this season into a ‘vampire holiday.’ It’s another ploy to get the people in red, to put them in the black! Playing right into their greedy hands.

Now, we also have, “Small Business Saturday.” Oh, great. Let’s not forget about those poor small businesses. Yes, it reminds me of my daughter. The other morning she came home at the wee hours and I was irritated.  She went to work and didn’t return. I knew she hadn’t worked 12 hours and I was concerned. “Mom, I was helping to set up so we could feed the orphans tomorrow. I would think you’d be happy about that!” Oh, here we go. A table-turning??? You think I can be manipulated that easy? I had to point out that I wished she were that considerate. If she was, she’d think about her own family and the turmoil she’s been causing. “Well, you better help with the orphans,” I said, because you may be standing out on a corner with a sign yourself!” Like everyone else, I pointed out, her priorities were a little messed up.

Now, these marketing strategies, seem to be working. All these people spending money we don’t have. Wait, last I heard, we were supposed to have a huge deficit. But then we have corporations, getting bailouts, only to turn around and declare bankruptcy. (Solyndra) All the corporate people probably helped the economy, by plugging it back in during their shopping sprees, this Christmas.

Now, I  think we need to use every day of he week, just to get that economy pumping again. I mean, if we’re going to be played, how about taking advantage of this, and guilt people into spending, for 7 days? We can really be tapped out by Christmas. Wonderful. And think about how much interest, the bankster’s can make from all the bankrupt people. Then when the bills come, which no one can pay, we’ll just increase the deficit. Yes, I definitely think we need to add some more incentives to spend.Ahh, the heart of man. Just persuade them to get the latest gadget. The ‘must have, for this season. And I love the fact that we’re supposed to actually feel sad, for those poor businesses.

How about, “Spend your unemployment, Sunday? Food Stamp gift cards, Sunday. Madoff, Get Out of Jail Cards, Monday. Bail out your favorite corporation, Tuesday.Repossess your purchases, Wednesday.Oh, and my favorite, “Bail Out an Occupy Wall Streeter, Thursday.

Yes, there are just so many opportunities to give.  And didn’t our Lord say, “It is better to give than to receive?” And I guess some people think, you should run people down to get that gift. Well, at this rate, “on the 12th day of Christmas, I’ll be eating my partridge in my pear tree.”

Oh, I am really starting to understand that the Lord was literal, when He said, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill, to all men.” Yep, that’s where I shop, and so will you, if you keep squandering. Hope you remember the real meaning of this occasion. That’s right….His name is Jesus! The reason for the season!

A Divine Appointment in Walmart

In the arms of the angel

I went to Walmart today and I thought I was going to pick up a few things, but the Lord had different plans.

As I was pushing my shopping cart, I heard a voice, A woman was asking, “How do I wear this scarf?” I told her, “Oh, that’s the great thing about scarves. They’re very versatile. I showed her a couple things she could do with it and then she asked, “Does it look ok with these tops?” “Sure,” I told her. Those are great colors.

Then she looked very sad. I’m flying to Iowa to go to my sister’s funeral. She just died. “Oh, I’m very sorry.” “Yes, she was murdered. She helped delinquent boys and two of them were at her house one night. She went down to her basement to get them some soda and when she was coming up the stairs, they beat her to death with some dumbells.”

“What?! That’s terrible!” At that moment I knew she needed a hug and she just began to cry. “Don’t worry, the Lord holds everyone accountable for their deeds and you will see your sister again, I told her.” “Will I?” “Yes, you will.”

Then she asked, “Can she see me?” I told her “No she can’t see you because she is in a place where there is no pain or sorrow and to see you would cause her great pain, however, she is before the face of the Lord. The Word of God tells us that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

She told me, “my mother felt something touch her cheek one night.” I said, “yes, that is the Holy Spirit. He is called The Comforter. He comes to comfort all who mourn. He is the one who Jesus spoke of when he told his disciples that He must leave and go to the Father so that He could send the Holy Spirit to live in us, the believers. I shared with her my own experience when my brother died and my journey to find the truth and how God lovingly tells us that “if we search for Him with all of our hearts He will be found by us.” I reminded her that it was for this reason that I had crossed her path. “Yes!” She said, that’s true! I was shaking and so upset. Now I have goosebumps! I want to get a bible! I prayed with her, right there in the store and we went to the bible section, (glad Walmart has bibles) and she bought one. “I can read this on the plane! “Where do I start?” “Well, I always recommend the book of John, since he was a young boy when he started following Jesus and he has a childlike account.

We exchanged numbers and she said, I can’t believe it, I’m not even shaking anymore! I laughed and said, “well, that’s because when you ask the Lord to be your savior, you have a peace in your life. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have trials. Yet, you know that you have a life to come. This body of flesh is passing away.It is temporary.

She told me that she was 69 years old and has been married for 30 years and I thought it has been all this time that the Lord has waited before he has finally made this divine appointment for her. But the word of God says that “when one sinner repents all the angels in heaven rejoice,” and her sister was right there with them.

Upon returning home I shared this story with my daughter. “How come people just start telling you things like that?” She asked. “Well, ” I reminded her, “that Jesus had said, “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” (John 6:44) So it is by the power of the Holy Spirit in the believers that a person is being drawn and only at the Lord’s direction. He alone knows if it is time for that person, perhaps because they are searching or prayers being answered. We are the vessels that carry the Spirit. Remember? When we offered our lives to the Lord we told Him to use us as His servants for this very purpose. We die to ourselves so that He can live through us. This is why the world and its trappings must become insignificant to us or we will miss opportunities like this. My errands would have been more important than this womans extreme grief and I would have missed a chance to resurrect a dead spirit. This is why the Lord told us that we have the resurrection power living in us now.

It is said that if you are born once, you will die twice. The death of the flesh and the death of the spirit. But if you are born twice (born again) you will  die once. The death of the flesh. You will live eternally.