Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
There is a new “arms race” surrounding us today. You experienced it this past Thanksgiving. The race is between retailers competing for dollars in holiday sales, which used to begin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Now at least eight major retailers were not only open on Thanksgiving, but even earlier in the day. Only two major retailers held the line by being closed on Thanksgiving Day. Kudos to them for honoring a national holiday, and also refusing to squeeze out extra dollars at the expense of their employees having to forfeit personal time.
Residents of Bay Village are blessed with two meaningful solutions to this “holiday arms race” without having to shop at any store, and without having to spend a penny!
The Religious Life Committee offers you free booklets which offer help and guidance in distressing times, which often are more acute in the holiday seasons. Appropriate for this season: “Grieving at Christmas: A Family Guide,” “Feeling Depressed at Christmastide,” “Using Good Memories to Help Heal Your Grief” and “Your First Christmas After a Loved One Dies.” The display rack is in the Mail Room.
Our BV Library staff offers another free gift in the form of inspirational DVDs available for loan. Take time in this holiday season to reflect on the life given you by God. A few of the 24 new titles: “Eyes to See,” “Harvest,” “Long Road Home” and “What If.” All thee DVDs are available in the Religious Life Section of the Lois Parsons Library.
At Bay Village, there ARE some free alternatives to the current retailer “arms race.” Enjoy!