Labor Day for everyone …

“He said, “Master, if it please you, stop for a while with your servant. I’ll get some water so you can wash your feet. Rest under this tree.” Genesis 18:3

Labor Day–a day of rest? Party hardy? School starting? Last  chance to swim before the community pool closes? Labor Day was set aside by the Federal government in 1884 to unite and celebrate the different unions. There were street parades to show the strength of the trade unions, speeches, and festivals for the workers, family members, and their friends.

I don’t know many people who work for a union. My father was a union employee and the union helped him to be declared disabled when he had an accident on the job. Union employees today continue to fight for what they deserve. Hopefully, some day we won’t need to go out on strike to get a fair deal.

Americans have been said to be “too sincere” about their jobs and have let it run their lives. Often, people die before retirement or become permanently disabled because of their job.

As there are few parades today, less public speeches, we celebrate by kicking back, putting a steak on the grill. However you choose to observe the day, we must remember we are a blessed nation due to the many hard-working people that set an example how hard works pays off for the all of us. And, remember God created the first Labor Day when he rested on the seventh day of creation.

Lord, give everyone a day each week from laboring. Amen.

 

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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