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Black Friday

It makes sense that the term “Black Friday” might refer to the single day of the year when retail companies finally go “into the black” (i.e. make a profit). The day after Thanksgiving is, of course, when crowds of turkey-stuffed shoppers descend on stores all over the country to take advantage of the season’s biggest holiday bargains. But the real story behind Black Friday is a bit more complicated—and darker—than that.

The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to holiday shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

But this “Black Friday”, let’s not get caught up in the shopping fury or the financial woes, but rather focus on God for everything He has already given us. Yes, you may be thinking of others and that is why you are shopping, but take time to simply think of those others and say a prayer of thanksgiving for them. May God continue to bless you this month and throughout the rest of the year. May He provide comfort, peace, and strength no matter where you are financially, emotionally, or spiritually. Give God thanks.

Black Friday history courtesy of The History Channel.

Written by Allison Levy

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