Rush hour traffic at 4:45 a.m. Parking lots crammed--Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, JC Penneys, Old Navy, World Market, Fred Meyers. We found a parking slot and, slipping past television news cameras, joined sock-shoppers at Fred Meyers--then off to toys and videos.
Long lines coiled in front of every cash register. And the shoppers were . . . friendly and patient, co-conspirators against an angry economy. On this day after Thanksgiving, may I continue to be thankful for:
- health that allows me to get up and go!
- my daughter who prompts me to get out of bed and sally forth!
- strangers who embrace one another in their attempts to bring joy to their loved ones!
- God who made us, sustains us, and gives us hope for a future centered on the Giver rather than gifts!