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August 31, 2018
This weekend we celebrate Labor Day. This holiday, instituted at the end of the 19th century, is a day of recognition for America’s workers and their contributions to the well-being and growth of our country.
For many, Labor Day is celebrated with a day off from work; yet, as people of faith we are reminded of the blessings of work and how work is a part of God’s plan for creation. In the very beginning, God created the first human and gave him work, to be a blessing to God’s creation and to receive a blessing from working co-creatively with God.
God’s intent is to balance the time of work with a day of rest, a sabbath. Unfortunately, it is rare that we are able to observe a real sabbath. We have many distractions that pull our attention from resting in God’s presence. These lead us into a busy, frenetic pace in life that preludes a true day of rest, and that can diminish our ability to work co-creatively with God. This Sunday we will reflect on how we can begin to reclaim a healthy work-rest balance.
Though Labor Day is recognized with a day off; may we remember and keep in our prayers those who will work throughout the weekend – first responders, members of our military, hospital employees, workers in the hospitality industry, to name a few. May we give thanks for the many ways they bless our lives.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.
Yours in Christ,