Labor Day weekend. What does it mean to you? Last weekend of summer? First Husker football game? A long weekend to reconnect with family? Or long-time friends?
Maybe you have reserved this weekend for a project that takes more than a day to complete. Or maybe you’ll do some binge watching of your favorite TV shows or movies. Or settle in with a good book you’ve been dying to read.
In the past, Labor Day weekend has been all of the above to the Norris family, at one time or another. Except for binge watching. I’m not much for being inside if I can be outside enjoying the last bit of summer.
The United Methodist Book of Worship provides this information about Labor Day. This day of rest and relaxation honoring all who work originated in 1882 in New York City with a parade organized by a machinist and a carpenter.
Also provided is this prayer offered by Reinhold Niebuhr:
O God, you have bound us together in this life.
Give us grace to understand how our lives depend
On the courage, the industry, the honesty,
And the integrity of all who labor.
May we be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness,
And faithful in our responsibilities to them;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hmmm. This reminds me that all people are called by God to work. At different tasks. With different gifts. To help creation flourish. (I’ll say more about this in a couple weeks.)
Lord, help us make time for a bit of rest and relaxation from our labors … while at the same time remembering those who work to provide us with what we feel we cannot live without. Maybe we will be moved to lift a toast. Or say a prayer. Or seek justice for oppressed workers. Or make a donation in someone’s honor. Or help a neighbor just for the fun of it. Amen. Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat