Friday, October 24, 2008

Black Friday, Bloody Friday

Seventy Nine years ago to the day, October 24, 1929, men committed suicide. Some shot themselves, some jumped out of windows. Others just sat down, buried their hands in their faces, and wept. Some went mad. News media shouted, nations reeled, families suffered.

Today is also October 24, and we shall remember it all our lives as Bloody Friday. Will anyone take his life today? Certainly, many will shudder in fear and weep in dismay.

The World Markets have crashed. Some national markets, gripped by fear, have even closed in a vain attempt to stem the epidemic of economic panic. Will U. S. Markets close? Perhaps. The Nasdaq and Standards & Poor's indexes reached their "limit down" in the wee hours of the morning, and will not trade again until after the stock market opens. "Limit down" means that, at some point in the fall, the powers that be just say, "enough, too far, too fast, too much, no more," an arbitrary attempt to stop the hemorrhaging. It changes nothing and has little value other than psychological, an arbitrary and temporary effort to make things appear as if they cannot get any worse.

No one knows what will happen when the stock market opens this morning, except that it will plummet. How far? How hard? No one knows.

Our bitter response to this horrific dilemma is to castigate the greedy and the unwise, those culpable for the crash. But the reality is worse. Not just bad men, but good men, good men who have worked honestly and hard all their lives, good men and women who have toiled with integrity and sweated blood for their families' livelihood and their own retirement, good people suffer today as they watch with disbelief and dismay the material measure of their honest labor evaporate before their eyes.

Black Friday, Bloody Friday.

Today, on Black Friday, Bloody Friday, I weep for good people and mourn for their monetary losses, but I am also thankful on this day. I am thankful for
  • My wife's health
  • My children's integrity and wellbeing
  • My daily bread
  • The abiding comfort of the Holy Spirit and the tangible fruit of His Presence
  • Life
  • Laughter
  • Truth
  • Providence
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Eternal Life
  • Heaven

What are you thankful for today?

Today I am thankful for Black Friday, Bloody Friday; not that Black Friday or this Bloody Friday, but that other Friday, both black and bloody; that black and bloody Friday 2000 years ago when something, that is, Someone, darkly blackened the golden sun and stained the emerald earth with crimson, Someone who became poor that I might become rich, rich with untarnishable, imperishable treasure.

Black Friday, Bloody Friday.

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